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FC Recco – ‘Directors’ Diaries: The Road to Their First Film’

July 18, 2019

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Interview: Amala Paul / Rathna Kumar (Aadai)

July 16, 2019

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Interview: Pa Ranjith (on his cinema)

July 10, 2019

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#AskBR – Happy birthday, K Balachander

July 9, 2019

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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 ©2019 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #85: The Dancer Upstairs, and the Actor Beneath….

July 7, 2019

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(by An Jo) An engineering back-ground warrants me to put in certain key pre-conditions: I understand, read, and write [write to varying degrees] only 4 languages: Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, English, Urdu. I can speak some broken Punjabi and understand it. 2. I do not understand languages of Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. [In other words, apart […]

“Raatchasi”… Jyotika lectures her way through a patience-testing drama on education

July 5, 2019

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Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/raatchasi-movie-review-jyothika-baradwaj-rangan-education/ Spoilers ahead… The opening of Raatchasi, written and directed by Sy. Gowthamraj, shows the students of a government school being herded away from school, in a lorry, by goons affiliated to a political party. When a male teacher runs out and questions them, he’s slapped. The […]

FC Recco – ‘Reel World: On location in Kollywood’

July 4, 2019

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Interview: Pa Ranjith (on his life)

July 2, 2019

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“Jiivi”… This existential thriller may not be good cinema, but it’s a decent watch

July 1, 2019

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Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/jiivi-movie-review-vetri-vj-gopinath-baradwaj-rangan Spoilers ahead… VJ Gopinath’s Jiivi opens with a scene of Saravanan (Vettri, the leading man of 8 Thottakkal) staring at a plastic water bottle being tossed on the road from a car window. The bottle gets smashed by oncoming traffic. “That’s my life,” he feels. He’s […]

Readers Write In #83: Would Puthiya Paathai really be a minefield today?

June 30, 2019

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(by Madan Mohan, recreational tennis hack in the early morning, chartered accountant by day and wannabe writer by night.) In his interview with our BR saar, filmmaker and actor R Parthiepan mentioned that he did not think a Puthiya Paathai could be made today and it was owing to the innocence/ignorance of the times that […]

My Favourite So Bad It’s Good Film: The Kamal Haasan-starrer, ‘Kadhal Parisu’

June 29, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/my-favourite-so-bad-its-good-film-the-kamal-haasan-starrer-kadhal-parisu/ The director puts Radha in a short skirt. He puts Kamal in a toga, which means the hero ends up showing more leg than the heroine. When asked to name a film that’s so bad it’s good, a ‘Gaptun’ Vijayakanth movie would seem the obvious choice. […]

“Sindhubaadh”… Vijay Sethupathi goes into action mode with disappointing results

June 27, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sindhubaadh-movie-review-vijay-sethupathi-anjali-vivek-prasanna-arun-kumar-baradwaj-rangan/ After Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum and Sethupathi, director SU Arun Kumar and star Vijay Sethupathi team up again in Sindhubaadh, an action-drama about a man who has dangerous adventures in distant lands. Yes, like that Sindbad — but with the moral-outrage angle so beloved to Tamil […]

“House Owner”… A moving journey through the lives of a couple, over two time periods

June 26, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/house-owner-movie-review-lakshmy-ramakrishnan-baradwaj-rangan In House Owner, writer-director Lakshmy Ramakrishnan continues her quest to tell strong (and strongly written) stories about women. In Aarohanam, it was a lower-middle-class vegetable vendor with bipolar disorder. In Ammani, it was a retirement-age worker at a government hospital. Now, we have middle-aged […]

Interview: R Parthiepan

June 25, 2019

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#AskBR – Arjun Reddy / Kabir Singh

June 25, 2019

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On the sets of ‘House Owner’

June 24, 2019

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“The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir”… A sincere Dhanush is let down by this bland fantasy-drama

June 21, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/the-extraordinary-journey-of-the-fakir-movie-review-dhanush-baradwaj-rangan How many Indian stars have gone on to play the lead in a non-Indian film? This isn’t about Indian-origin actors like Dev Patel. This isn’t about actors like Shabana Azmi, primarily identified with art-house cinema and invited to play character roles in dramas like […]

Interview: SU Arun Kumar (director of Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, Sethupathi, Sindhubaadh)

June 20, 2019

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#AskBR – Game Over (with the producer and director)

June 19, 2019

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‘Nerkonda Paarvai’ , starring Ajith Kumar, may be the most important movie of the year

June 19, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/nerkonda-paarvai-starring-ajith-kumar-may-be-the-most-important-movie-of-the-year-pink-baradwaj-rangan/ Kollywood’s ‘Pink’ remake has the potential to change the heroine on screen as well as the hero off it. On the surface, the trailer of Nerkonda Paarvai, the Pink remake directed by H Vinoth and starring Ajith Kumar, points to yet another movie a big star/hero […]