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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.

Shivaji Surathkal on ZEE5, with Ramesh Aravind: Despite an interesting premise, an underwhelming murder mystery

August 10, 2020

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The real killers are the mood and tone, which waver between full-throttle horror and suspense and gruesomeness and romance and “comedy”. Spoilers ahead… In Akash Srivatsa’s Shivaji Surathkal, Ramesh Aravind stars as a famous detective who shares the film’s name. He is known to solve cases with his “imagination”. No, no. This doesn’t mean he […]

Chat Masala #5: Making cinema a more equitable playing field

August 6, 2020

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How can we make the movie industry a more equitable playing field? On Chat Masala, Anupama Chopra and Baradwaj Rangan get actors Richa Chadha and Shraddha Shrinath and filmmaker Kabir Khan to weigh in. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

Interview: Rakshit Shetty, who completes 10 years in Kannada cinema

July 27, 2020

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Law on Amazon Prime Video, with Ragini Prajwal: An utterly underwhelming story about a gang-rape survivor with a twisty secret

July 17, 2020

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The film, alas, is terribly written and executed. It’s very hard to stay invested in these drab, borderline-nonsensical proceedings. Spoilers ahead… For a while — just a little while — there’s something intriguing about Law, written and directed by Raghu Samarth. The opening stretch introduces us to Nandini (Ragini Prajwal), who’s been gang-raped by three […]

#AskBR – On K Balachander (90th birthday special)

July 10, 2020

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Interview: ‘Kavithalaya’ Krishnan on ‘K Balachander @ 90’

July 7, 2020

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MS Sathyu: “Bal Thackeray wanted to see Garm Hava before release”

July 5, 2020

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To celebrate the 90th birthday of the filmmaker, Bangalore International Centre asked me to be in conversation with him about his best-known work. Here are some excerpts. (The full video is below.) Sir, it is a pleasure to be doing this talk with you and congratulations on your 90th birthday. Before we begin talking about […]