Browsing All Posts filed under »Cinema: Tamil«

Are Tamil-speaking heroines doomed in Tamil cinema?

July 19, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/southern-lights-heroines-tamil-cinema-sayyeshaa-kadaikutty-singam-baradwaj-rangan/ Our filmmakers are artificially creating a demand for “north Indian” heroines by withholding opportunities from local actresses. My review of Kadaikutty Singam, starring Karthi and Sayyeshaa, got a fair bit of social-media flak, so I thought I’d have an imaginary conversation… No wait! Been there, subjected […]

The Amateur’s Art #41 – Hashtag Thiruvilaiyadal (Tamil, with English subs)

July 18, 2018

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See here for what this series is about. This film came from Sriram Muralidharan. Director’s note: Thiruvilaiyadal (Eng: The Divine Game) When a digital Indian’s economic depression explodes and sends his voice all the way to Sivaloka where there is a familial conflict unfolding. Shiva decides to use the opportunity to take a break and […]

“Kadaikutty Singam”… An unfocused masala movie that also wants to be a weepy family melodrama

July 13, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kadaikutty-singam-movie-review-karthi-baradwaj-rangan/ Karthi plays a farmer in Pandiraj’s Kadaikutty Singam (Last-born Lion), and the most interesting aspect of the film is that it portrays agriculture as a viable profession. The Karthi character, named Gunasingam (any resemblance to the fictional character named ‘Duraisingam’ is purely intentional), earns […]

“Thamizh Padam 2.0″… Overlong and overstuffed, but still, quite fun

July 12, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/tamizh-padam-2-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ CS Amudhan’s Tamizh Padam 2 (Tamil Film 2) opens with a very funny hero-introduction stretch, and the reason this stretch is so funny is that it’s preceded by dead-serious events. Under a sky rumbling with thunder and lightning, caste riots break out, leaving six […]

The Prithviraj-Parvathy starrer ‘My Story’ is a meh story

July 12, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/prithviraj-parvathy-my-story-movie-southern-lights-baradwaj-rangan/ Plus, thoughts on this unnamed genre, which finds new ways to embadden an already bad movie. There’s a genre of Indian cinema I’ve come to dread. It hasn’t got a name (and truth be told, there haven’t been that many representative films), but it’s basically about […]

FC Flashback: Mullum Malarum

July 9, 2018

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What is a “classic”? The most perfect, flawless film ever made? Um… I’d rather define it as something I keep returning to, flaws and all. Something that makes me think, regard it in a new light each time. Flashback is a fortnightly feature on a film I consider a… classic. For more, subscribe to FILM […]

“Mr. Chandramouli”… A would-be conspiracy thriller derailed by bad writing and infantile filmmaking

July 6, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/mr-chandramouli-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-tamil-gautham-karthik-regina Karthik fans looking for some nostalgia will probably enjoy Mr. Chandramouli a little more than others. There’s that title, first. And the lyrics of a club song, tuned by Sam CS, include phrases like “panivizhum malarvanam” and “rajadhi raja.” The actor’s performance, too, is […]

A shout-out to Jayasurya’s performance in ‘Njan Marykutty’…

July 5, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/njan-marykutty-jayasurya-performance-southern-lights-baradwaj-rangan Plus, thoughts on cis actors in trans roles, ‘Asuravadham’, and a beautiful ‘singer’s song’ from the seventies’. Since everyone’s talking about Ranbir Kapoor’s performance in Sanju, allow me to direct your attention to Jayasurya in the Malayalam film, Njan Marykutty, where the actor plays a transgender. […]

The Amateur’s Art #39 – Koovathorama (Tamil, with English subs)

June 30, 2018

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See here for what this series is about. This film came from Ganesan Rajagopalan. (He sent three. This is the final one.)

“Asuravadham”… A solid vendetta thriller that reimagines a typical story with treatment and craft

June 29, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/asuravadham-movie-review-m-sasikumar-baradwaj-rangan/ Asuravadham, directed by Chennai Ungalai Anbudan Varaverkirathu director Maruthupandian, begins with what looks like a prank. A small-town provisions store owner named Samayan (a very effective Vasumitra) gets a call. The person at the other end disconnects as soon as Samayan picks up. And […]

Interview: M Sasikumar

June 29, 2018

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Subramaniyapuram turns ten this July. Sasikumar, currently starring in Asuravadham, talks about the success of the film, the failure of Easan (maybe he should have made it later, he wonders), what he got from assisting Bala and Ameer. He names his favourite films by Bharathiraja, Balachander, Balu Mahendra, Mahendran, Bala and Ameer, and talks about […]

The Amateur’s Art #38 – Andha Naal Nyabagam (Tamil, with English subs)

June 22, 2018

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See here for what this series is about. This film came from Ganesan Rajagopalan. (He sent three. This is the second. Will put the third up soon.) SYNOPSIS Two People. Poles apart. A Disturbing meet. Conversations. Confessions. Discomfort. Nostalgia. Pain. Drama. Memoirs of That Day unfold. Be a Witness.

“Tik Tik Tik”… A passable space adventure that could have used better writing, more thrills

June 22, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/tik-tik-tik-movie-review-jayam-ravi-baradwaj-rangan/ Shakti Soundar Rajan’s Miruthan was billed “Tamil cinema’s first zombie movie.” In Tik Tik Tik, the director dreams bigger. It’s being promoted as “the first Indian space film.” The claim may not hold in a court of law, for we’ve had the MGR-starring Kalai […]

“Andhra Mess”… A listlessly plotted film that spends all its time trying to be too cool

June 22, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/andhra-mess-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ A ndhra Mess, directed by Jai, belongs to the “What if…?” genre. This is not to be confused with the kitchen-sink genre, where the director throws in everything and hopes at least some of it works. Here, we are talking about a vision. What […]

Interview: Ravi Varman – Part 1 / 2

June 21, 2018

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@fcompanionsouth inaugurates a new series, #Journeys, with #Sanju cinematographer Ravi Varman. Ravi Varman is one of India’s top cinematographers. In this two-part video, he talks about his struggling days, moving on to early films like Jalamarmaram, Shantham and Armaan. He describes how he developed a cinematographic eye and how he acquired his learnings from big […]

Bitty Ruminations 88 – Caste and ‘Kaala’

June 18, 2018

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It’s usual to see increased levels of discussion when it comes to big films. It’s also not surprising to see more people chiming in to say “yes, I agree with you” or “I disagree.” But the Kaala discussions have been unusually sobering. When I wrote the imaginary Q and A, some regular commenters here felt […]

“Goli Soda 2.”… A sequel that remains interesting and inventive until it turns into… a Hari movie

June 14, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/goli-soda-2-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ A sequel usually picks up where the earlier film left off, or catches up with the same set of characters a few years later. Vijay Milton’s Goli Soda 2 is different — similar enough to belong to the world of Goli Soda, but dissimilar enough […]

Baradwaj Rangan, let’s talk about bias!

June 14, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/baradwaj-rangan-kaala-review-critics-mani-ratnam-twitter-conversations-southern-cinema-bias/ Because it’s impossible to have a proper conversation on Twitter, I imagine a chat with critics of my ‘Kaala’ review and argue why form is important and why ‘Mani Ratnam’ isn’t a bad word. There may be spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen ‘Kaala’. So you’re […]

“Kaala”… The second Rajini-Ranjith outing is better than ‘Kabali’, but still an odd fit for both

June 7, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kaala-movie-review-rajinikanth-pa-ranjith-dhanush-huma-qureshi-baradwaj-rangan/ Six years after Mullum Malarum (1978), director Mahendran and star Rajinikanth made Kai Kodukkum Kai, a sensitive drama now remembered mostly for the Ilayaraja beauty, Thazhampoove vaasam veesu. The film bombed. It’s difficult to say why exactly a film fails — it could be […]

Saamy vs. Dhruva Natchatiram

June 5, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/chiyaan-vikram-saamy-vs-dhruva-natchatiram-trailers-baradwaj-rangan-review// Thoughts about the two new Vikram trailers and what they tell us about the films ahead. When the Saamy 2 (or Saamy Square) trailer landed on Sunday, it made me so mad that I did something I don’t usually do. I put out a trollish tweet. […]