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#AskBR – Aayirathil Oruvan

January 20, 2018

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A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. (Or, an older film, if the week has no big releases.) Next week’s film: Selvaraghavan’s Aayirathil Oruvan. SEND IN YOUR QUESTIONS: For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion. Advertisements

Interview: R Madhavan

January 18, 2018

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R Madhavan, star of the Amazon Prime original Breathe, talks about his 20-year-old career (his first major role, in the Kannada film Shanti Shanti Shanti, was in 1998). He laughs about being too “mature” for romantic roles, and discusses opting for quality over quantity, and his biggest reality check. He speaks about upcoming projects like […]

#AskBR – Thaanaa Serndha Koottam & Sketch

January 17, 2018

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A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. (Or, an older film, if the week has no big releases.) For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

“Sketch”… A been-there-done-that story of a good-hearted thug

January 13, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/sketch-movie-review So what’s new in Vijay Chandar’s Sketch? The hero’s (Jeeva aka Sketch, played by Vikram) meant-to-be-kewl hand gesture, for one: it resembles how you’d show the number five, except that the ring finger is folded in. (Wait! Could that be a metaphor for his […]

“Thaanaa Serndha Koottam”… A mass-ified remake of ‘Special 26’ that’s quite entertaining

January 12, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/thaanaa-serndha-koottam-movie-review Thaanaa Serndha Koottam is a remake of Neeraj Pandey’s Special 26, which was about a group of con artists who conduct raids pretending to be CBI officials and saunter away with the loot. If you’ve seen the original, the question — given the general […]

Word painter

January 11, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-20-years-of-thamarai-in-tamil-cinema This is Thamarai’s 20th year in the movies. The lyricist talks about her poetry, her personal life, her politics. Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor – “by the creator of Percy Jackson” – is the last book I expect to find in Thamarai’s living room, […]

Whose Plot Is It Anyway – “Thaanaa Serndha Koottam”

January 10, 2018

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A weekly feature, where standup comedian Jagan takes a look at previews and trailers and predicts the story of Thaanaa Serndha Koottam in his own inimitable way. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

The Amateur’s Art #31 – Pin Sellathey (with English subs)

January 5, 2018

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See here for what this series is about. This is from commenter Amit Joki, his second short film. He calls it “a light take on the evil of stalking”.

#AskBR – Dhavani Kanavugal

January 5, 2018

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A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. (Or, an older film, if the week has no big releases.) For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

Happy new year

January 4, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-happy-new-year These are our pick of songs for the occasion from across south India. What are yours?? For the first column of 2018, I decided to do something simple: pick one song from Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam that celebrates the new year (or at least, contains […]

#AskBR – Michael Madana Kama Rajan

January 2, 2018

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A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. (Or, an older film, if the week has no big releases.) For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

2017 year-end roundup of Tamil cinema

December 31, 2017

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“Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal”… It’s hard to feel for anything or anyone in this romantic melodrama

December 30, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/kalavaadiya-pozhuthugal-movie-review When long-separated former lover Ingrid Bergman walks into Humphrey Bogart’s nightclub in Casablanca, he marvels, wryly, at the coincidence: “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” A similar twist of fate awaits Porchezhiyan (Prabhu […]

Whose Plot Is It Anyway – “Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal”

December 28, 2017

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A weekly feature, where standup comedian Jagan takes a look at previews and trailers and predicts the story of Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal in his own inimitable way. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

#AskBR – Velaikkaran

December 27, 2017

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A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

“Sakka Podu Podu Raja”… Yawn! Yet another stab at making Santhanam a star

December 23, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/sakka-podu-podu-raja-movie-review Santhanam’s latest attempt to position himself as a matinee idol pivots on an utterly original plot: the hero falls for a gangster’s sister. Yazhini (Vaibhavi Shandilya) is a number. She is given the utterly original trait of arrogance; she likes to taunt men. She […]

“Velaikkaran”… A first-half sprint, a second-half stumble

December 22, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/velaikkaran-movie-review The opening credits of Velaikkaran (The Worker) play over images of… workers: a tailor, a mechanic, a bus driver. But even earlier, we’ve had a hint about the film’s concerns, when a bunch of boys from a slum run past an expensive car and […]

Interview: Sivakarthikeyan

December 22, 2017

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A chat with Sivakarthikeyan, about his growth from Marina to Velaikkaran, and how he did not expect this success. About the comedian-to-hero trajectory that even legends like Nagesh did not attempt. About what success means to him, whether it has changed him. About his fans and his responsibility towards them. He talks about his serious […]

Whose Plot Is It Anyway – “Velaikkaran”

December 22, 2017

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Beginning a weekly feature, where standup comedian Jagan takes a look at previews and trailers and predicts the story of Velaikkaran in his own inimitable way. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

Music beyond the maestro

December 21, 2017

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-music-beyond-the-maestro Is older music (other than that composed by Ilayaraja) gradually being phased out of common cultural memory? The opening ceremony of the 15th Chennai International Film Festival began with a spectacular performance by Anuradha Sriram, who led the audience through eight decades of Tamil cinema with […]