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Films may be on a break, but our obsession with film news clearly isn’t, thanks to Kangana Ranaut and Vanitha Vijayakumar

July 21, 2020

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If we do want to fight Systemic inequality, why waste that fight on something as insignificant as the film industry, which has so little bearing on our daily lives?  This period was supposed to be a breather from the movies. A scary virus struck and locked the world down, and we were meant to be […]

FC South Short Film 4: Silandhi

July 18, 2020

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At FC South, we showcase short films, too. Here’s the fourth one. The first one is here: https://baradwajrangan.wordpress.com/2019/12/13/fc-short-film-ullangai-nellikkani-the-gooseberry-in-her-palm/ The second one is here: https://baradwajrangan.wordpress.com/2019/12/13/fc-short-film-blink/ The third one is here: https://baradwajrangan.wordpress.com/2020/04/14/fc-south-short-film-3-adaiyalam/ For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Synopsis: #Silandhi is a psychological neo noir film. It is always exciting to find out how money […]

MS Viswanathan: 10 beautiful songs from the Ilaiyaraaja era, the 1980s

July 14, 2020

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It’s been five years since the greatest melodic innovator of Tamil film music passed on. Here are ten songs that showcase his creativity even in his past-his-prime phase. There’s a point in every composer’s career where the baton is passed on to the next generation. There’s a new king, so to speak. In MS Viswanathan’s […]

Interview: CV Kumar, producer and Tamil pay-per-view pioneer

July 13, 2020

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#AskBR – On K Balachander (90th birthday special)

July 10, 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.

Interview: ‘Kavithalaya’ Krishnan on ‘K Balachander @ 90’

July 7, 2020

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Readers Write In #218: Thoughts on casteism – Fandry, Pariyerum Perumal

July 6, 2020

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(by Ninad Kulkarni) A dialogue from Ashutosh Gowariker’s Swades, “Jo kabhi nahi jaati woh jati”. (The one element that never castaway is a caste) makes an ever-lasting remark. The practices of casteism are prevalent in the remote areas where education has a far-fetched impact, nevertheless, even urban areas have fallen prey for the practice – […]

Chat Masala #4: Fahadh Faasil interview

July 6, 2020

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On this episode of FC Chat Masala, Fahadh Faasil tells us about his acting process, how he approaches stardom and whether he’d do a Hindi film. He also shares anecdotes about marrying his BANGALORE DAYS co-actor Nazriya Nazim Fahadh, and what he learnt from his break from cinema. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: […]

Panel discussion on K Balachander

July 5, 2020

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Interview: Aditi Rao Hydari (Parts 1 and 2)

July 1, 2020

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Interview: A chat with fellow blog-era critic, Jai Arjun Singh

June 25, 2020

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Podcast on NAYAKAN for ‘Love of Cinema’

June 21, 2020

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For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult LOVE OF CINEMA invited me to chat about NAYAKAN… Here’s the link! https://loveofcinema.buzzsprout.com/257788/4231754-s2-episode-9-nayakan-1987-with-baradwaj-rangan?play=true Copyright ©2020 Love Of Cinema.

Readers Write In #209: Mommy-fied, Or: The Supermom, according to Keerthy Suresh and Vidya Balan

June 19, 2020

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(by Piyush Pratik) Spoilers for Kahaani (2012) and Penguin (2020) ahead. First and foremost, I will get this off my chest (and duck swiftly): I find both Vidya Balan and Keerthy Suresh quite similar. And their physical presence, which is so affectionate, so delightful, so pleasing, so…homely, is the least of it. Both of them […]

Penguin, with Keerthy Suresh, on Amazon Prime: This wannabe moody thriller falls victim to some seriously bad writing

June 19, 2020

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I felt very sorry for Keerthy Suresh, who’s stuck with a character whose motivations — at any given point — are: “Er, uh, it says so in the script.” Spoilers ahead… Right from the beginning, Penguin proves that it has cunning twists up its sleeve. To start with, the film is not set in Antarctica. […]

#AskBR – Raavanan / Raavan (10th anniversary)

June 18, 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 #208: The Old Man and the Boy

June 18, 2020

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(by Ananya Natarajan) (Spoilers ahead) Looking at KD Engira Karuppudurai and Nandalala as the Tamil version of an opposites-attract-buddy-road movie. Of course, they are much more than that. A trope that is seen in a large number of ‘buddy’ films is to contrive the meeting of two contrasting characters who are thereafter nudged to work […]

Interview: Mari Selvaraj – Part 2

June 16, 2020

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The unshackling of Tamil film music from the Carnatic idiom happened long before Ilaiyaraaja (addenda)

June 12, 2020

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Interview: Mari Selvaraj – Part 1

June 9, 2020

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The unshackling of Tamil film music from the Carnatic idiom happened long before Ilaiyaraaja

June 8, 2020

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The maestro is a talent that comes along once in the bluest of moons. My point is simply that his genius doesn’t need the negation of everyone who came before him. June 2 came and went. And with the day, Ilaiyaraja’s birthday, a hundred tribute pieces came and went into the Internet’s memory. If someone […]