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“Kaappaan”… A truly wretched screenplay makes this Suriya vehicle an exhausting action-adventure

September 20, 2019

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‘Kaappaan’ wants to be everything to everyone, and that’s not a problem, but the writing is so clumsy that you don’t feel for anyone and you don’t care about anything. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kaappaan-review-kv-anand-suriya-mohanlal/ I‘ve decided to become a director. Here’s the idea. The protagonist is […]

“Oththa Seruppu”… Parthiban stars in a “stunt” film that’s barely convincing but very entertaining

September 19, 2019

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The “deliberate” theatricality is everywhere. The very location looks like a stage, with the barest of props and a very visible lighting. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/oththa-seruppu-movie-review-parthiban-resul-pookutty-santhosh-narayanan-c-sathya In Oththa Seruppu (also called Oththa Seruppu Size 7), R Parthiban uses several devices to push the boundaries of conventional […]

Interview: ‘Poo’ Sasi, on his journey from ‘Sollamale’ to ‘Sivappu Manjal Pachai’

September 18, 2019

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“Magamuni”… Arya and Arya feature in a layered drama that doesn’t fully add up

September 11, 2019

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Santhakunar’s second film sounds better than it plays out — and part of it, I think, is the strain of striving to be a Great Movie™. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/magamuni-movie-review-arya-santhakumar-mahima-nambiar-indhuja/ Maga (Arya), a taxi driver, comes home one day to find that his young son has […]

Interview: Lakshmy Ramakrishnan 2

September 11, 2019

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“Sivappu Manjal Pachai”… Siddharth and GV Prakash Kumar star in an effective action-drama with top-notch performances

September 11, 2019

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Director Sasi writes very good combination scenes for the many characters, which bring out nice shades. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sivappu-manjal-pachai-review-siddharth-gv-prakash-kumar-lijomol-sasi Siddharth has always been a bit of an outlier in Tamil cinema, and in Sivappu Manjal Pachai, you see why. He plays a traffic SI named […]

Readers Write In #95: Mr Local and everything wrong about it – in questions

September 10, 2019

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(by Sanjay NM) My second post in this format about a film I saw recently which has deeply concerned me. People seldom ask questions and scurry towards a conclusion or at least a point of view which is popular. Questions are so important! I intend to express my point of view in questions and get […]

Interview: Prabhas

August 28, 2019

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Readers Write In #94: Vaaranam Aayiram – A Poetic Embrace

August 27, 2019

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(by Mirra) A rousing music interflowing with an overwhelming sense of melancholia pulls us closer and deeper into the being of VaaranamAayiram. The titles surface: bold white cursive in the background of vibrantly hued and beautiful patterns. Were they flowers, foliage or waves? Couldn’t exactly tell. They were just beauteous, random yet mesmerizingly profuse as […]

Creating a conversation around trans characters in cinema

August 27, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/creating-a-conversation-baradwaj-rangan-around-trans-characters-in-cinema/ A look at how ‘Super Deluxe’ depicts a trans character as neither villain nor saint, but as simply flawed and all-too-human. By now, I think it’s safe to say the “gay film” (i.e. films about two men in love or in a relationship) or the “lesbian […]

“Kennedy Club”… Bharathiraja and M Sasikumar feature in a dull sports drama from Suseenthiran

August 22, 2019

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Every aspect of the film is weighted down with indifference. The writing can barely bring itself to imbue shades into the characters. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kennedy-club-suseenthiran-sasikumar-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ Kennedy Club, which is about an underdog team of female kabaddi players, is yet another disappointment from Suseenthiran. (The title […]

“Munirathna Kurukshetra”… Darshan and Arjun star in a thoroughly mediocre take on the epic

August 21, 2019

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There’s not one actorly or directorly moment — there’s not one human moment. There is, however, plenty of unintentional comedy.  Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kurukshetra-movie-review-darshan-naganna-3d/ Whatever the other achievements of Munirathna Kurukshetra, directed by Naganna, it’s probably the world’s first film to have its producer’s name in […]

“Comali”… Jayam Ravi stars in a badly written comedy… or drama… or heist thriller… or something

August 15, 2019

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It’s hard to classify this severely underwhelming film because the director himself isn’t sure what he’s making.  Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/comali-movie-review-jayam-ravi-kajal-aggarwal-baradwaj-rangan/ Dhanush is an actor who can carry off a very young look. He can convince us he’s a college student, maybe even a schoolboy. Jayam […]

Readers Write In #92: ‘Dear Comrade’ gets right things that ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’ didn’t

August 11, 2019

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(by N Madhusudhan) These are exciting times in Southern Cinema. Never before has the envelope been pushed so far in a mainstream romance as these two films have in recent times, to varying degrees of success. While these two films could not be more different from each other in style, there are some striking similarities […]

#AskBR – Nerkonda Paarvai

August 10, 2019

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Interview: Boney Kapoor

August 7, 2019

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“Nerkonda Paarvai”… A subdued, dignified Ajith powers a solid “no means no” drama

August 6, 2019

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H Vinoth’s biggest accomplishment is the air of restraint. He doesn’t amplify the volume and “mass”-ify Pink. He respects the source material. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/nerkonda-paarvai-movie-review-ajith-baradwaj-rangan-shradha-srinath/ Reviewing H Vinoth’s previous outing, Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru, I wrote: The thing to note about DSP Theeran (Karthi) is that […]

“Jackpot”… Jyotika stars in a noisy action-comedy that fails on both counts

August 2, 2019

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Vishal Chandrasekhar contributes an ear-splitting score. I think he may have been trying to save us from the lines. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/jackpot-movie-review-jyothika-revathy-kalyaan-yogi-babu/ Kalyaan’s Jackpot is one of those excruciating comedies which thinks “leave your brains at home while watching this movie” is the same as […]

Interview: Nagarjuna – Part 2

July 31, 2019

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“Dear Comrade”… Vijay Deverakonda takes a backseat to Rashmika Mandanna in an unusual, winning drama

July 29, 2019

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This is a pretty unique film. On one level, it is a love story with a young, easy-on-the-eyes couple – and yet, it isn’t quite that love story. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/dear-comrade-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-vijay-deverakonda/ The first few scenes of Bharath Kamma’s Dear Comrade look like outtakes from Arjun […]