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Interview Selvaraghavan (NGK, etc.)

May 11, 2019

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“K-13.”… Arulnithi’s thriller has a solid premise but stays at an arm’s length

May 3, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/k-13-movie-review-arulnithis-thriller-has-a-solid-premise-but-stays-at-an-arms-length-shraddha-srinath/ What if you find yourself tied to a chair with packaging tape, in a house you barely recognise? That’s the plight that befalls Mathi (Arulnithi) at the beginning of K-13, written and directed by first-timer Barath Neelakantan. Flashback a bit, and we learn that […]

NGK + Selvaraghavan + Suriya = Can’t wait!

May 2, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ngk-trailer-selvaraghavan-suriya-baradwaj-rangan/ I’m hoping the chance to work with a big star who’s not his brother animates Selvaraghavan, and the chance to work with a truly original writer-director recharges Suriya. The NGK trailer is out. Is the acronym, which expands to “Nandha Gopalan Kumaran” just a string of […]

FC Flashback: Uthiri Pookkal

May 2, 2019

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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 monthly feature on a film I consider a… classic. For more, subscribe to FILM […]

Interview: Lakshmy Ramakrishnan (on finding a niche in a misogynistic, male-dominated industry)

May 1, 2019

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“Devarattam”… This Muthiah-Gautham Karthik collaboration is a total underwhelmer

May 1, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/devarattam-movie-review-muthiah-gautham-karthik-manjima-mohan/ Inside the Devarattam that we currently have, there’s the Devarattam that could have been. Vetri (Gautham Karthik) is a lawyer, whose family wants to shield from violence. (In this hypothetical line of thought, let’s ignore the fact that the hero-introduction scene is itself a […]

#AskBR – Do we prefer an ‘Avengers’ to our own masala films?

April 30, 2019

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

“Mehandi Circus”… A not-bad romance that wants to be an epic but falls short

April 19, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/mehandi-circus-movie-review-a-not-bad-romance-that-wants-to-be-an-epic-but-falls-short-baradwaj-rangan/ Among the newer crop of filmmakers, Raju Murugan may be second to none in his love for Ilayaraja. He appears to be working his way through the maestro’s catalogue. If Joker featured Alli thandha boomi, from Nandu, Mehandi Circus — for which Raju Murugan […]

“Kanchana 3.”… Ragava Lawrence busts our eardrums in the most tiresome entry in the ‘Kanchana’ franchise

April 19, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kanchana-3-movie-review-ragava-lawrence-busts-our-eardrums-in-the-most-tiresome-entry-in-the-kanchana-franchise/ According to Aristotle… (Reader’s mind voice: Wait! What? I thought I was reading the review of ‘Kanchana 3’. After years of sitting through films like ‘Boomerang’, has BR finally lost it?) Bear with me, please. I’m trying to make a point here. So according […]

#AskBR – Why is 70’s Tamil Cinema so Special?

April 16, 2019

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

“Gangs of Madras”… CV Kumar’s second film is a pretty decent heroine-oriented thriller

April 13, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/gangs-of-madras-movie-review-priyanka-ruth-cvkumar-baradwaj-rangan/ In his first film, Maayavan, the producer-turned-director CV Kumar aimed for the moon. He had a high concept. He tried to get high on the filmmaking, too, and the result was a bit of a mess. In Gangs of Madras, he sets his sights […]

“Watchman”… GV Prakash gets help from a golden retriever in an unsatisfying thriller

April 12, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/watchman-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-gv-prakash-kumar-vijay/ Watchman is a thriller, and it runs a mere 90-something minutes. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but a clever script and clever direction can work wonders in this running time, paring away the fat (say, character-building) and concentrating on the more bone-chilling aspects. […]

Interview: Suhasini (about Mahendran)

April 6, 2019

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“Uriyadi 2.”… A loud mix of political ideology and heroism, with flashes of brilliance

April 5, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/uriyadi-2-movie-review-vijay-kumar-abbas-sudhakar-baradwaj-rangan/ Despite the number in the title, Uriyadi 2 is not exactly a sequel to the gritty,  sensationally effective earlier film, which was also written and directed by Vijay Kumar. Yes, there are similarities — for instance, the seething social anger, reflected in the well-timed […]

“Natpe Thunai”… A loud, choppy sports movie that wants to be both drama and comedy

April 4, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/natpe-thunai-movie-review-hip-hop-thamizha-aadhi/ In Natpe Thunai, Adhi plays a hockey player. As with everything else, the film takes a long time to get to the point that he actually plays hockey — for all he does till a little before the interval is sing Hiphop Tamizha songs, […]

Tribute: J Mahendran, who began his directing career with the Rajinikanth-starring ‘Mullum Malarum’

April 2, 2019

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From the high melodrama of ‘Thanga Pathakkam’ to the subtleties of ‘Uthiri Pookkal’, his filmography saw it all. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/mahendran-tribute-baradwaj-rangan-rajinikanth-mullum-malarum-johny/ On the surface, J Mahendran seems to have had a strangely schizophrenic career. On the one hand, he is one of the seventies’ directors responsible for the transformation […]

#AskBR – Super Deluxe

April 2, 2019

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#AskBR – Airaa

April 2, 2019

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

And we hit 100K subscribers!

April 2, 2019

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“Super Deluxe”… A unique, ambitious, insanely detailed, blessedly amoral drama that’s as epic as it is intimate

March 29, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/super-deluxe-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-mysskin-vijay-sethupathi-thiagarajan-kumararaja-unique-ambitious-insanely-detailed-blessedly-amoral-drama-thats-as-epic-as-it-is-intimate/ How does one talk about Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s second film, Super Deluxe? A logical place to begin is perhaps the director’s first film, Aaranya Kaandam. Super Deluxe is certainly something of a companion piece. The monologue-y trailers are similar, as are the multiple storylines revolving […]