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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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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.

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 […]

Panel discussion on K Balachander

July 5, 2020

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250k subscribers

June 5, 2020

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250k subscribers for Film Companion South. A big deal for a small team. Thank you SO much. Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

Girmit, with the voices of Yash and Radhika Pandit, is on SUN NXT: A rewind of this entertaining “mass” movie by Ravi Basrur, with a cast of kids

May 14, 2020

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The film is serious — but because the actors are all children, there’s also the sense of the film winking at us. It’s the Flipkart advertisement ethos, expanded to feature length. Spoilers ahead… Most “mass” movies are so slave to formula that the question while making one isn’t “what do I make?” as much as […]

Alidu Ulidavaru, with Ashu Bedra and Sangeetha Bhat, is on Amazon Prime: A rewind of Arvind Sastry’s horror-thriller, which could have used more tension

May 6, 2020

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The interval point is crazy — I mean, good-crazy. Remember the interval point of Kahaani? This is that level of crazy. But the rest of it doesn’t quite add up. Spoilers ahead… Arvind Sastry’s Alidu Ulidavaru opens with two men on a bike approaching a house. They look like they are part of a food-delivery […]

‘Dia’, by KS Ashoka, builds its world very consistently (major spoilers ahead)

March 17, 2020

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One of the best things about the film’s writing is that I never imagined I would be rooting for a couple that’s different from the one I was rooting for in the first half-hour, writes FC Reader Hariharasudhen Nagarajan Spoilers ahead… What exactly is world-building in screenwriting? It means creating rules in any world (contemporary […]

Film Companion South turns 3!

March 1, 2020

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The Rakshit Shetty-starring ‘Avane Srimannarayana’ is exhilarating, exhausting, and filled with gonzo visual imagination

February 5, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/avane-srimannarayana-the-rakshit-shetty-starrer-is-exhilarating-exhausting-and-filled-with-gonzo-visual-imagination/ Despite this “let’s toss everything into the cauldron and keep the pot boiling” approach to narrative, the storytelling has a tonal purity. The film is one of a kind — it also looks all of a piece. Spoilers ahead… Every once in a while, we get […]

200k subscribers

January 29, 2020

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200k subscribers for Film Companion South. A big deal for a small team. Thank you SO much. Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #118: Why Kamal is not an actor

November 30, 2019

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(by Ramamoorthi N, written on his Facebook page a few years ago) In the small Railway town I grew up, my mother (God bless her soul) would dress in a dotted saree and dark “cooling” glasses whenever she stepped out of home, thus creating the effect of one of the many middle aged heroines the […]

“Gantumoote”… Roopa Rao’s drama about a sensitive schoolgirl is exquisitely directed and enacted

October 25, 2019

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The director is more interested in character than event, and she practically holds up an X-ray of her heroine’s soul. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kannada-gantumoote-movie-review-roopa-rao-baradwaj-rangan-teju-belawadi-sharath-gowda-nischith-korodi/ The English translation of Gantumoote, written and directed by Roopa Rao, is “Bag Age” — it’s about a schoolgirl, Meera (Teju Belawadi). […]

“Munirathna Kurukshetra”… Darshan and Arjun star in a thoroughly mediocre take on the epic

August 21, 2019

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There’s not one actorly or directorly moment — there’s not one human moment. There is, however, plenty of unintentional comedy.  Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kurukshetra-movie-review-darshan-naganna-3d/ Whatever the other achievements of Munirathna Kurukshetra, directed by Naganna, it’s probably the world’s first film to have its producer’s name in […]