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Interview: Will OTT Platforms penetrate the south , like in Bollywood?

October 26, 2020

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Interview: Balaji Tharaneetharan

October 21, 2020

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Readers Write In #285: An extremely intricate movie about life’s science

October 20, 2020

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(by Vikram MN) It’s movie which should have got more recognition than what it has actually got. Being a Pa. Ranjith movie it’s no surprise what the subject would be but the beauty here is how he deals with it. More than his directional features which are here and there, its his production ventures which […]

‘Michael Madana Kama Rajan’ turns 30: A “critical” look at this beloved Kamal Haasan-Singeetham Srinivasa Rao-Crazy Mohan comedy

October 17, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/features/tamil-features/michael-madana-kama-rajan-turns-30-a-critical-look-at-this-beloved-kamal-haasan-singeetam-srinivasa-rao-crazy-mohan-comedy-baradwaj-rangan-khushbu-urvashi-manorama/ In which I compare ‘MMKR’ with ‘Apoorva Sagodharargal’ (with good reason, I hope), come down hard on Madan, and wish for more of Raju and Kameswaran. Michael Madana Kama Rajan, which turns 30 on today, is one of those gifts that keeps on giving. Let’s begin with screenwriter Kamal Haasan and his Kamal-isms. This […]

Putham Pudhu Kaalai on Amazon Prime Video: Some sharp moments in a mostly pleasant but generic anthology

October 15, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/tamil-review/review-putham-pudhu-kaalai-amazon-prime-video-some-sharp-moments-in-a-mostly-pleasant-but-generic-anthology-rajiv-menon-sudha-kongara-karthik-subbaraj-suhasini-gautham-menon-baradwaj-rangan/ Karthik Subbaraj’s short is the ‘late-a vandhalum latest-a varuven’ of the bunch. GVM’s is nice, too. Spoilers ahead… It’s the season for anthologies, and Amazon Prime Video gives us one based on the theme of “New Beginnings”. The first short is by Sudha Kongara. It features Jayaram, Urvasi, Kalidas Jayaram and Kalyani Priyadarshan — […]

Readers Write In #279: My ‘Chiyaan’ Vikram story

October 8, 2020

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(by G Waugh) I think one has to reach at least twelve to fifteen years of age to be able to process and understand cinema properly. During my childhood all I have of memories of being at the theatre are all those of pop-corn and ice-cream-filled first halves, a period of unavoidable slumber in the […]

Interview: Suhasini, Rajiv Menon, GVM, Sudha Kongara, Karthik Subbaraj (Putham Pudhu Kaalai, Amazon anthology)

October 7, 2020

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Varmaa on Simply South, with Dhruv Vikram and Megha: Bala’s completely uninvolving remake of Arjun Reddy

October 6, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/tamil-review/varmaa-movie-review-arjun-reddy-bala-simply-south-shemaroo-dhruv-vikram-stars-in-a-completely-uninvolving-remake-vijay-deverakonda-adithya-varma-baradwaj-rangan/ Not a single frame is distinctive, or shows that a major filmmaker is behind the camera. You get the feeling Bala was forced to direct this with his hands tied. Spoilers ahead… Just last year, with Adithya Varma,  we said Dhruv Vikram makes a confident debut in a faithful, competent, well-crafted remake of Sandeep […]

Interview: (IPL Special) R Ashwin on cinema

October 4, 2020

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Interview: Aishwarya Rajesh (Ka Pae Ranasingam)

October 3, 2020

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Ka Pae Ranasingam on Zee Plex, with Aishwarya Rajesh and Vijay Sethupathi: An impressive dramatic debut for director P Virumaandi

October 2, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/tamil-review/ka-pae-ranasingam-movie-review-zee5-an-impressive-dramatic-debut-for-director-p-virumaandi-vijay-sethupathi-aishwarya-rajesh-rangaraj-pandey/ Aishwarya Rajesh, after Kanaa, gets a role that gives her the gamut. And Vijay Sethupathi is in marvellous form. Spoilers ahead… I’ll begin with a scene with a government official in Ramanathapuram. A young woman has discovered that her Dubai-employed husband has died. (He was one of the numerous anonymous Indians who worked in […]

Interview: Vetri Maaran, GVM, Sudha Kongara, Vignesh Shivn (Paava Kathaigal, Netflix anthology)

October 1, 2020

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Interview: Suresh Krissna recalls his journey with SPB

September 30, 2020

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Remembering SP Balasubrahmanyam through the MSV era, the Ilaiyaraaja era, and beyond

September 25, 2020

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A journey through the great singer’s songs in Tamil cinema, by the two great composers who used him the most, and used him the best. How on earth do you write about SPB? How do you contain the vastness of his accomplishments, the vast pleasures he has brought us, in a couple of thousand words? […]

The best scene in Drishyam, as performed by Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan, Ajay Devgn, Venkatesh and Ravichandran

September 25, 2020

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With Jeethu Joseph’s sequel in progress, here’s a flashback to how five different actors tackled the emotional confrontation at the end of the story. When they announced Drishyam 2, with the same team from the blockbuster original (director Jeethu Joseph, actors Mohanlal and Meena), I wondered where it would take the story of Georgekutty. Because […]

#AskBR – The Kamal Haasan-Lokesh Kanagaraj film

September 21, 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.

Readers Write In #272: A decade of Shankar’s Endhiran

September 21, 2020

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(by G Waugh) In one interview to an American Journalist in 1958 to a question on mankind’s relationship with technology, Jawaharlal Nehru spoke about a curious incongruence that came to characterize man’s attitude in the last century– the speed of technological progress far outstripping the pace of his spiritual development that had resulted in the […]

Interview: (IPL Special) Dinesh Karthik on cinema

September 17, 2020

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Kamal Haasan and Lokesh Kanagaraj: Once upon a time there lived a ghost… (cue theme music by Anirudh)!

September 16, 2020

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A single tweet (#EvanendruNinaithaai, #KamalHaasan232) has shattered the notion that Kamal will only work with “yes men” directors, and not with new-gen filmmakers who have a very clear vision. For a while now, there has been some speculation that Kamal Haasan and Lokesh Kanagaraj would be coming together for a movie. I even got first-hand […]

Dabangg turns 10, as does ‘Munni badnaam hui’: Remembering 10 songs down the decade that make you miss the big screen

September 10, 2020

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Raise your hand if you like watching good, old-fashioned naach-gaana stretches in a cinema hall! Here’s a one-per-year list of these spectacles. Feel free to add your favourites. Let’s get one thing out of the way. This isn’t about memorable songs that have stood the test of time and will echo over our lonely planet […]