Browsing All Posts filed under »Cinema: Kannada«

Interview: Raj B Shetty (A spoilery deep dive into ‘Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana’)

November 24, 2021

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Raj B Shetty’s ‘Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana’ (Raj B Shetty, Rishab Shetty) is a superbly written and staged cop-criminal drama

November 20, 2021

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Aravind Kuplikar’s ‘Puksatte Lifu (Sanchari Vijay, Matangi Prasan, Achyut Kumar) is an existential dramedy with admirable tonal shifts that are utterly organic

September 28, 2021

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#AskBR – Missing theatres? Or used to OTT?

August 19, 2021

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or talk about actors and directors… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2021 Film Companion.

Interview: Pawan Kumar (‘Lucia’, ‘Kudi Yedamaithe’)

August 17, 2021

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Readers Write In #389: On the Kannada movie GANTUMOOTE (Baggage)

July 27, 2021

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(by An Jo) Spoilers ahead ‘Gantumoote’ makes it very clear right at the onset that the protagonist Meera (Teju Belawadi) is a different ‘species’ amongst women of her age – actually, girls of her age. She is studying 1st year Pre-University and while all her classmates are enjoying life as is supposed to be at that age and as particularly […]

Interview: Puneeth Rajkumar (Yuvarathnaa)

March 16, 2021

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Film Companion South turns 4!

March 1, 2021

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Video essay: The last (and best) scene in Drishyam

February 15, 2021

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January 10, 2021

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Happy 2021 from me… and FC South!

January 1, 2021

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Film Companion South Round Table – 2020

December 31, 2020

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#AskBR – Rewind 2020

December 24, 2020

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or talk about actors and directors… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

The top 10 films of 2020: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema

December 21, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/fc-lists/best-movies-telugu-tamil-malayalam-2020-netflix-amazon-prime-video-hotstar-ala-vaikunthapurramuloo-trance-psycho-baradwaj-rangan/ It didn’t make sense to do individual “best-of” lists for each southern industry. There simply weren’t enough films to consider per language. So here goes. If 2020 will be remembered as anything, it’s as the worst year in recent movie history. Were there worse years? Debatable! Few people alive now probably remember how things […]

“Arishadvarga”… Arvind Kamath’s existential whodunit paints a woman-centric drama in noir shades

November 27, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/kannada-review/arishadvarga-movie-review-kannada-movies-arvind-kamath-existential-whodunit-paints-a-woman-centric-drama-in-noir-shades-baradwaj-rangan/ With ‘Nathicharami’ and now this, Kannada cinema seems to have leapfrogged over other industries in terms of bridging the gap between (relatively) older women and lust. Spoilers ahead… First, we need to talk about that title, and here’s what Wikipedia says: In Hindu theology, Arishadvarga are the six enemies of the mind (lust, anger, […]

Bheemasena Nalamaharaja on Amazon Prime Video: A conventional film overcooked with bizarre conceits

October 29, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/kannada-review/bheemasena-nala-maharaja-review-amazon-prime-video-rakshit-shetty-kannada-movies-karthik-saragur-aravinnd-arohi-baradwaj-rangan/ The film is stuffed with lip-smacking ingredients, but the pace is too measured, the telling is too conventional to accommodate its more outrageous plot points. Spoilers ahead… There’s something wonderfully dependable about Achyuth Kumar. Some actors are born with sharp and extremely defining features, but his is one of those “blank canvas” faces that […]

Interview: Will OTT Platforms penetrate the south , like in Bollywood?

October 26, 2020

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The best scene in Drishyam, as performed by Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan, Ajay Devgn, Venkatesh and Ravichandran

September 25, 2020

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With Jeethu Joseph’s sequel in progress, here’s a flashback to how five different actors tackled the emotional confrontation at the end of the story. When they announced Drishyam 2, with the same team from the blockbuster original (director Jeethu Joseph, actors Mohanlal and Meena), I wondered where it would take the story of Georgekutty. Because […]

Is Prabhas India’s first legit PAN Indian star?

August 20, 2020

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Baradwaj Rangan and Vishal Menon speak about Prabhas, his three big-ticket announcements, and the changing landscape for stars from The South. Excerpts VM: Yesterday, they announced Adipurush, another big Prabhas film, his third during the lockdown after Radhe Shyam and that film with Deepika Padukone. This one seems even bigger, that too in 3D, and it will be directed by Om Raut, who made Tanhaji. At […]

#AskBR – 45 years of Rajini-ism

August 13, 2020

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or talk about actors and directors… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.