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Readers Write In #391: Daddy and Dancing Rose: A tale of two boxers

July 31, 2021

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(by Adhithya KR) “Nalla aattakaaranna? Unna adicha podhuma?” Every event in Sarpatta Parambarai had been leading up to this pivotal moment in the film, the wager that would put Kabilan (played by Arya) into the ring as a professional boxer. In fact, the main conceit of the film is that Kabilan is a boxing prodigy […]

Readers Write In #390: What’s powering Ponniyin Selvan 1?

July 30, 2021

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(by Karthik Amarnath) When I first saw the poster of Mani Ratnam’s next movie— the historical fiction Ponniyin Selvan— I was struck by the title. PS-I. For a moment, it sounded like a science thriller. Like the launch of a new PSLV satellite. I get it, it’s a “new-age” title, slapped on a literary classic, written three […]

Vignesh Karthik’s ‘Thittam Irandu’, starring Aishwarya Rajesh, has a genuinely interesting premise and little else

July 30, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Thittam Irandu is one of those thrillers that begins with a lot of rain. As the camera pulls back from a house, we see a man with his face masked by a bike helmet. And when the camera moves down, we see that he has a knife in his hand and walks with a […]

#AskBR – Sarpatta Parambarai

July 29, 2021

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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 ©2021 Film Companion.

Aravind’s ‘Thelivuppathaiyin Neesa Thooram (TNT)’, on moviewud, investigates the 1998 Coimbatore bomb blasts with a sincerity that overcomes its shortcomings

July 29, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Thelivuppathaiyin Neesa Thooram (TNT),  directed by Aravind, has become controversial. Anandha Vikatan and News Minute reported that the film was rejected by both the Central Board of Film Certification and the Revising Committee. Why? There are few possible reasons.  TNT is a political and investigative thriller that attempts to unearth the conspiracies that resulted in the 1997 […]

Interview: Pasupathy (‘Sarpatta Parambarai’) gives a masterclass on the art of acting

July 24, 2021

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Readers Write In #387: Sarpatta Parambarai is a roller-coaster ride

July 23, 2021

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(by Masthan Reddy S) With the pandemic not allowing normalcy to return, theatres will be the last thing to come alive. OTT release has become viable for some movie release now. In my home, they have put this movie SAARPATTA on release day morning. I had curiosity from first look itself to watch this movie […]

‘Sarpatta Parambarai’, starring Arya and Pasupathy, finds Pa Ranjith in phenomenal form and making his finest film yet

July 22, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: When I saw Mahesh Narayanan’s Malik recently, I was left with this question: Given how different the Tamil and Malayalam film industries and audiences are, is it possible to make something like Malik in Tamil?After watching Pa Ranjith’s Sarpatta Parambarai, I have the answer, and it’s a big fat yes. Why this […]

Interview (shot in VR): Pasupathy (‘Sarpatta Parambarai’)

July 21, 2021

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Interview: Arya (‘Sarpatta Parambarai’)

July 21, 2021

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Interview: Pa Ranjith (‘Sarpatta Parambarai’)

July 18, 2021

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Interview: Arun Prabu Purushothaman (a spoilery deep dive into the philosophies of ‘Vaazhl’)

July 17, 2021

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The mostly wonderful ‘Vaazhl’, starring Pradeep Antony, has Arun Prabu Purushothaman outdoing ‘Aruvi’ with a dream-drama about finding yourself

July 16, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: With Vaazhl, Arun Prabhu Purushothaman has managed to do something that very few filmmakers have: his second film is actually better than his first. Whether you like it in its entirety or not, there’s so much happening and also so much in terms of what’s untold. While Aruvi is talky, Vaazhl is more visual even when there’s […]

Pandian Sooravali’s ‘Dilemma: Some Adults Story’, on moviewud, is an interesting indie about the ugliness in men

July 15, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Dilemma is a black-and-white film that’s divided into chapters. In the very first chapter, we see a fixed frame. The camera is fixed outside a window and we see what’s going on in the house through its bars. It’s been raining outside and a man named Selvam steps in, dries himself and pours […]

Interview: Arun Prabu Purushothaman (on ‘Vaazhl’, his film after ‘Aruvi’)

July 12, 2021

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Chat Masala #7: Mani Ratnam and Jayendra interview (Navarasa)

July 9, 2021

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Navarasa is an upcoming Tamil anthology web series created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan. On Chat Masala, the duo chat with Anupama Chopra and Baradwaj Rangan about creating the anthology, how they chose the directors and what kind of producers they are. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2021 Film Companion.

Kittu’s ‘Methagu’, a part-biopic of Velupillai Prabhakaran, has its moments, but it should have been more dramatic, more powerful

July 8, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Methagu is the biopic of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the late LTTE chief. Now, how do you make a film about a complex and controversial man like him? One way is to make a series out of it, so you can depict the entire person without leaving anything out. Or you could take a slice […]

Readers Write In #379: Karnan and the Trauma of Oppression

July 2, 2021

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(by Venky) Film Director Ram once famously stated “I treat my films as theses.” And so do film critics. Voracious readers of Baradwaj Rangan know his most memorable thesis: “Every film is a continuum”. (Gosh, “Readers” sounds so anachronistic now that we get to hear/see BR AND read his thoughts that are probably filtered by […]

Interview: Leena Manimekalai (a spoilery deep dive into the politics of ‘Maadathy’)

July 1, 2021

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Readers Write In #375: Paadavaa Un Paadalai: a brilliant song, an apt picturisation and a terrible film

June 29, 2021

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(by Madan Mohan) Recently, I heard Paadavaa Un Paadalai after years (having overplayed it to death back in college) thanks to the Quarantine From Reality series.  I enjoyed their performance of the song and went back to the original.  As I marvelled at the intensity of the original as well as Ambika’s wonderful enactment of […]