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“KD Engira Karuppudurai”… Madhumitha’s impressively restrained drama treats a serious issue with a lot of fun

November 19, 2019

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One part of why the film is so entertaining is the chemistry between the old man and the young boy — the other part is that their characters have been sketched out so well. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kd-engira-karuppudurai-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-madhumitha-mu-ramaswamy-naga-vishal You are from Kallupatti, in Virudhunagar. You raise […]

‘Ungal Naan’: In search of the “greatest” Kamal Haasan-Ilaiyaraaja album

November 18, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kamal-haasan-ilaiyaraaja-album-greatest-baradwaj-rangan Given the number of fabulous scores the maestro has crafted for the actor, here’s an attempt to settle on one being above all others. From the first film they worked on (16 Vayathinile, in 1977), the Kamal Haasan-Ilaiyaraaja  collaboration is one for the ages. While it […]

“Sangathamizhan”… Vijay Sethupathi comes up with a major dud that makes you wonder what he saw in it

November 16, 2019

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The film is a disaster at every conceivable level. The ugliest aspect is the writing, which comes in two flavours: “painful” and “clichéd”. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sangathamizhan-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-vijay-chander-vijay-sethupathi-nivetha-pethuraj-raashi-khanna Sometimes, I want to be a fly on the wall of Vijay Sethupathi’s mind. I want to be there […]

“Action”… Vishal and Sundar C deliver what the title promises in an enjoyably OTT thriller

November 15, 2019

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Like any self-respecting popcorn entertainer, there are OTT moments aplenty. Killer mehndi cones? Bring ’em on. But there’s always a little surprise around the corner. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/action-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-sundar-c-vishal-tamannaah-aishwarya-lekshmi-chaya-singh/ A little into the first half of Sundar C’s Action, a bomb blast wipes out a politician, […]

#AskBR – 60 years of Kamal-ism

November 12, 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.

Kamal Haasan at 65: The forgotten phase

November 7, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kamal-haasan-65th-birthday-indian-film-actor-baradwaj-rangan/ The ‘Great Phase’ of the actor’s career, post ‘Pushpak’ and ‘Nayakan’, is well documented. But here’s a jumble of memories from the preceding phase, the early to mid-1980s, which had just as many misses as hits. All you kids doing the Ajith-versus-Vijay wars on Twitter, let […]

Interview: Shruti Haasan

November 6, 2019

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#AskBR – Kaithi

October 30, 2019

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#AskBR – Bigil

October 29, 2019

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Readers Write In #107: Why 96 subverts every romcom trope and still is a brilliant example of a romcom

October 27, 2019

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(by Sudharshan Garg) ​A romcom like all other genre movies has its own arc. It is defined very clearly and very few romcoms subvert it. Even the subversions if you might call it that are changing the setting maybe, maybe a romcom set in the 18th century, maybe one set in space. Maybe they are […]

“Kaithi”… Lokesh Kanagaraj crafts a sturdy (but generic) star vehicle for Karthi

October 26, 2019

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There’s a fantastic “mass” scene, set around a swimming pool, where the protagonist stuffs himself with biriyani — it’s a stunning few minutes of a purely physical performance. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kaithi-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-karthi-lokesh-kanagaraj-narain-george-maryan/ Kaithi is Lokesh Kanagaraj’s follow-up to the superb Maanagaram, and the writer-director continues where […]

“Bigil”… The Vijay-Atlee combo finally gets it right in a solid “mass” movie with serious undertones

October 26, 2019

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The screenplay could have been tighter, but it’s still a model of how we can get serious even in the overblown world of a “mass” movie, and yet not forget to have fun.  Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/bigil-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-atlee-vijay-nayanthara-yogi-babu-jackie-shroff/ The first thirty-something minutes of Atlee’s Bigil are pure […]

25 Greatest Tamil Films Of The Decade

October 24, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/fc-decades/pages/tamil.html Tamil cinema has had the best possible trend this decade, in that the director has slowly started coming back. Oh, there were always big-name filmmakers, known for their big, commercial projects. I’m talking about the auteurist kind, young (and not-so-young) filmmakers tackling subjects not just with […]

Interview: Lokesh Kanagaraj (Maanagaram, Kaithi, the next Vijay film)

October 23, 2019

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Interview: Archana Kalpathi (‘Bigil’ producer)

October 14, 2019

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“Maadathy”… Leena Manimekalai’s ‘unfairy tale’ about a Dalit girl is a powerful social-horror story

October 9, 2019

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This folkloric drama about the consequences of injustice was world-premiered in ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ at the Busan International Film Festival. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/maadathy-movie-review-leena-manimekalai-baradwaj-rangan-semmalar-annam-ajmina-kassim-busan The story of Leena Manimekalai’s Maadathy is almost folkloric in its simplicity, but if the final scenes remind you of […]

#AskBR – Asuran

October 8, 2019

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Interview: LM Kaushik and Ramesh Bala (trackers/influencers)

October 8, 2019

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“Asuran”… Not up to Vetri Maaran / Dhanush’s earlier work, but still quite good

October 4, 2019

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Violence is practically a rite of passage. The screenwriting is cyclical, too — whatever happened in one generation finds echoes in the next.  Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/asuran-review-baradwaj-rangan-vetri-maaran-dhanush-manu-warrier-ken-karunas/ The overall arc of Vetri Maaran’s Asuran is from Poomani’s novel Vekkai (Heat). Somewhere in Tirunelveli (going by the […]

Interview: Vetri Maaran (Asuran)

October 3, 2019

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