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Readers Write In #136: Of Goddess and Women

January 26, 2020

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(by Karthik Amarnath) A viral visual from the recent array of protests showed an army of men in protective gear. Facing a young woman carrying a rose. It reminded me of another visual from a twenty year old movie song that showed an army of men with tanks and guns. Around a young woman clothed […]

Tuning In: Sid Sriram on the creation of ‘Vaanam Kottattum’ songs

January 21, 2020

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During Pongal 1994, the Kamal Haasan-starrer ‘Mahanadhi’ tackled a number of philosophical questions

January 16, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/mahanadhi-revisiting-philosophy-kamal-haasan-sukanya-poornam-vishwanathan/ In a revenge drama, you would expect a morally disillusioned Krishna to embark on a killing spree to avenge his fate. But that’s precisely where Krishna’s transformation from an incipient sociopath to a rational humanist begins, writes reader Jeeva Pitchaimani. When released in 1994, Mahanadhi was […]

Readers Write In #130: Looking back on the festival of Pongal through the movies released

January 15, 2020

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(by Raghav Ravichandran) Looking back on the festival of Pongal through the movies released The festival of Pongal is huge, it is a very special festival that brings in lot of joy, happiness and abundance of food and sweets along with it. My most recent memories of the festival include having relatives coming over to […]

“Pattas”… Dhanush double-roles his way through an action drama that’s the dictionary definition of “formula”

January 15, 2020

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If you can add so many small touches and elevate generic moments, is it all that much of a stretch to elevate the whole narrative, the entire screenplay? Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/pattas-movie-review-rs-durai-senthilkumar-dhanush-sneha-mehreen-pirzada-baradwaj-rangan/ RSDurai Senthilkumar has good instincts. Pattas is one of those masala (as opposed to […]

#AskBR – Darbar

January 15, 2020

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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 ©2020 Film Companion.

Rajini Rant – Darbar And The Trap Of Being The Superstar

January 14, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/readers-write-rajinikanth-darbar-ar-murugadoss-legacy-petta Don’t capitalise on the Superstar and run him into the ground like a racehorse. Let him act, just a bit more, writes reader Adhithya K R My friend in college once told me that if you’re a class topper, your score is never going to fall […]

Tuning In: Sid Sriram on singing for Ilaiyaraaja in PSYCHO

January 14, 2020

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“Darbar”… AR Murugadoss and Rajinikanth unite for a barely okay action-drama

January 9, 2020

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I think Murugadoss wanted to make another ‘Thuppakki’, but the dramatic beats weigh him down. The drama isn’t powerful enough. The action isn’t punchy enough. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/darbar-movie-review-ar-murugadoss-rajinikanth-nayanthara-baradwaj-rangan/ How effective is the hero-intro scene? That’s at least one way to gauge how much thought has […]

‘V1 – Murder Case’, ‘Parasite’, ‘Knives Out’… Our message movies versus their message movies

January 8, 2020

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/message-movies-v1-murder-case-pavel-navegeethan-parasite-knives-out-baradwaj-rangan All I’m saying is don’t make a movie in order to deliver a message. Make the message – even if it is explicit – an organic part of your movie. Spoilers ahead… In Pavel Navageethan’s V1 – Murder Case, a young woman is murdered in the […]

Interview: AR Murugadoss (Darbar)

January 6, 2020

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Readers Write In #126: Exploring love through vulnerability in ‘Sillu Karupatti’

January 6, 2020

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(by Adhithya K R) What I was watching on screen was a reserved old man getting to know a lady he had met only once before. So I wasn’t expecting it when Navaneethan said, “If we kiss right now, we won’t really be visible to that couple right now, would we?” A different director might […]

Zee Tamil Cine Awards 2020

January 5, 2020

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I was invited to be part of the ZEE TAMIL Cinema Awards jury, and right from the start, they were very clear that they would NOT do what’s generally done — that is, insist that we award a star so that they will show up for the ceremony. (Our awards are not like the Oscars, […]

Interview: Mysskin (Masterclass on film appreciation)

December 31, 2019

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“Sillu Karupatti”… Halitha Shameem’s charming anthology serves up heart-warming content without excessive sentimentality

December 29, 2019

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The episodes are interconnected through people and objects and even stray animals and birds. These connections don’t appear contrived, because the basic thread is… human connection. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sillu-karupatti-movie-review-halitha-shameem-samuthirakani-sara-arjun-sunaina-leela-samson-baradwaj-rangan/ Like the literary world makes space for novels and short stories, cinema could use more anthologies. […]

#AskBR – Hero / Thambi

December 25, 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.

Top 15 Tamil Films Of 2019

December 24, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/top-15-tamil-films-of-2019-asuran-super-deluxe-vetri-maaran-ram-peranbu-dhanush-monster-sj-suryah-lakshmy-ramakrishnan-house-owner-baradwaj-rangan/ In order of release date, here are the year’s most interesting and memorable films, from ‘Peranbu’ to ‘Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu’ (and excluding films releasing in the last weekend of December). Was there a ‘trend’ this year? I can’t say for sure. Maybe we can point […]

Directors round table – 2019

December 22, 2019

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Karthi and Jyotika twist themselves up in knots in Jeethu Joseph’s underwhelming thriller, ‘Thambi’

December 21, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/column-thambi-karthi-jeethu-joseph-jyotika-sathyaraj-baradwaj-rangan Unlike in ‘Drishyam’, the convolutions in ‘Thambi’ aren’t organic. The narrative gears are lubricated with snake oil. Spoilers ahead… Jeethu Joseph opens Thambi with a god’s-eye-view shot that looks upon four trucks, whose drivers are in some sort of argument (and some sort of shady deal). […]

“Hero”… Sivakarthikeyan’s superhero saga needed more punch, but it’s still a solid outing

December 20, 2019

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The film is surprisingly understated. It steers clear of massy “hero” moments, and there’s a lot of clear, clean thinking in the writing. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/hero-movie-review-ps-mithran-sivakarthikeyan-kalyani-priyadarshan-arjun-sarja-abhay-deol-baradwaj-rangan/ In PS Mithran’s Hero, Sivakarthikeyan plays a #90sKid, and the screenplay is suffused with the spirit of an iconic […]