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Star struck

November 16, 2017

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/amp/southern-lights-star-struck Should star ratings (terrible as they are) be absolute or relative? Let’s discuss. After I finished writing the review of Villain, a little more than a week ago, I felt a twinge of conscience. It was time for me to give the star rating, the most […]

“Villain”… Yet another thriller that mistakes surface coolth for depth

November 9, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/villain-movie-review In B Unnikrishnan’s Villain, Mohanlal — playing Additional Director General of Police, Mathew Manjooran — sports a salt-and-pepper beard, and looks positively professorial. He quotes Lady Macbeth (“all the perfumes of Arabia…”) when reflecting on how unnatural an act murder is, and adds, “I […]

Interview: John Edathattil, the screenwriter of Guna

November 6, 2017

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We’re starting a series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE  film. We begin with Guna, and the facet is screenwriting. John Edathattil (credited, sometimes, as Sab John) is the screenwriter of Guna (1991). In this video, he talks about writing a script based on […]

A tribute to IV Sasi

October 25, 2017

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MANK wrote a tribute to IV Sasi, for Film Companion. Thanks, MANK, for such a quick turnaround. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/iv-sasi-the-first-superstar-director-of-malayalam-cinema WWith the passing of I.V. Sasi, we have lost the most prolific and perhaps the most eclectic film director this country has ever produced. In a career spanning almost […]

Interview: Dulquer Salmaan / Rajkummar Rao

October 25, 2017

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At the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival With Star 2017, I interviewed — before a live audience (which explains the audio/video) — two young actors that the session called “out big hopes.” Here’s the video: Copyright ©2017 Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival With Star.

“Solo”… A quartet of stories that has its moments, but not enough to conceal its flaws

October 5, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/solo-movie-review Bejoy Nambiar’s Solo is an anthology of four shorts, anchored by Dulquer Salmaan in four flavours (had the actor been a newcomer, this would have been a heck of a showreel). There are other commonalities. Each segment spans four years. Each one features Dulquer […]

“Ramaleela”… An okayish, inadvertently meta political thriller that blurs the line between reel and real

October 3, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/ramaleela-movie-review Arun Gopy’s Ramaleela (Rama’s Play) was conceived and completed before its leading man, Dileep, was arrested for plotting the kidnap and assault of an actress — so what we see on screen is not intentionally meta. But meta it certainly is. How can you […]

Interview: Santosh Sivan

September 26, 2017

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Coming on Thursday. My chat with Santosh Sivan. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult QUOTES FROM THE INTERVIEW “I like big films… You are in the midst of mass people.” “I don’t need to do much to make Mahesh Babu look good.” “Thuppakki was the first time we used digital cameras.” “With Thalapathy, […]

“Parava”… A movie with a lot of heart, but marred by two conflicting narratives

September 26, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/parava-movie-review How do you steal a fish from someone’s house and bring it back to yours, with no equipment but a pair of bicycles? Soubin Shahir’s Parava (Bird) – written by Shahir and Muneer Ali – opens with the answer, and during this stretch, cinematographer […]

Interview: Prithiviraj

September 21, 2017

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This interview is our first in Malayalam cinema, done by our correspondent Vivek Ranjit. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

Film Companion – South

September 8, 2017

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So this is a plug for Film Companion South. Earlier, all videos from this part of the country were uploaded on the Film Companion YouTube page. Now, we’ve decided to have a separate page for the interviews in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam (have you seen the Prithviraj interview yet?). Do subscribe and spread the […]

“Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela”… A warm, wholesome, funny movie about an unexpectedly tragic subject

September 7, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/njandukalude-nattil-oridavela-movie-review Consider the eighty-year-old patriarch (KL Anthony) of the Chacko clan in Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela (An Interval in the Land of Crabs). His memory is shot. (He wants to invite Rose for a party, and she’s been dead twenty years.) He needs constant supervision, which […]

“Adam Joan”… A completely underwhelming thriller that’s more an exercise in empty style

September 7, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/adam-joan-movie-review When a bloody hand crawls to the dashboard of a vehicle parked in what appears to be the middle of nowhere — though it’s actually someplace in Scotland — the pulse quickens. This is the opening scene of Jinu V Abraham’s Adam Joan, and […]

“Pullikkaran Stara”… A directionless ramble about the life and loves of a middle-aged man

September 6, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/pullikkaran-staraa-movie-review Pullikaran Stara (The Gentleman is a Star), directed by Shyamdhar, begins well enough. An army man, unable to take any more of the Indo-Pak war, returns home, to Idukki — and it turns out that it was the separation from his wife he was […]

“Varnyathil Aashanka”… A slyly written shaggy-dog story masquerading as a heist movie

August 7, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/varnyathil-aashanka-movie-review The title, Varnayathil Ashanka (Confusion in the Description), couldn’t be more appropriate. Sidharth Bharathan’s new film could be described as a “heist movie” – a jewellery-store heist is, after all, the most conspicuous aspect of the movie, the thing you’d mention in the one-liner […]

“Tiyaan”… A confused, overlong, wannabe-epic that preaches secularism even as it glorifies Brahminism

July 11, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/tiyaan-movie-review We’ve all heard of “Hindu-Muslim bhai-bhai.” In Tiyaan (The Above-mentioned), the adage becomes literal: the actors who play Aslan Mohammad and Pattabhirama Giri are real-life siblings, Prithviraj and Indrajith. The casting, I feel, is no accident – for part of Tiyaan’s agenda is to […]

“Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum”… A superbly written and acted drama that keeps you guessing constantly

July 3, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/thondimuthalum-driksakshiyum-movie-review Pay attention to the first few frames of a Dileesh Pothan movie: there’s a nutshell of the story-to-come. Maheshinte Prathikaaram (Mahesh’s Revenge), Pothan’s first film, opens with an image of rubber slippers being scrubbed thoroughly. It isn’t until interval point that we realise what […]

“Godha”… A joyous compendium of sporting-movie (and love-story) clichés

June 7, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/godha-movie-review After a spate of red-themed political films, we’re now being inundated with sports dramas. Georgettan’s Pooram. Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu. And now, Basil Joseph’s immensely heart-warming Godha (Wrestling Arena), a sturdy example of how the well-timed, well-tuned collision of clichés can become something… maybe not great, but certainly […]

“Comrade in America”… An unfocused drama about a communist in love tries to tackle big issues

May 7, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/comrade-in-america-review Amal Neerad’s previous film, Iyobinte Pusthakam, began with an Emergency-era communist, the narrator. And through this character, we slipped into a Raj-era flashback that showed glimpses of how a prosperous estate owner’s son (the Fahadh Faasil character) began to sow the seeds for a […]

“Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu”… A wonderfully laidback stroll through the lives of small-towners obsessed with cricket

April 26, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/rakshadhikari-baiju-oppu-movie-review Watching Ranjan Pramod’s Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu (Patron Baiju’s Signature), I was filled with fury. First, we got the cigarette/alcohol warnings. Then, someone thought it was important to let us know that, say, the giant bull vanquished by Bhallala Deva in Baahubali was not, you […]