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Interview: Samantha

March 19, 2019

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#AskBR – Is the age of the superstar director over?

March 19, 2019

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

‘Ispade Rajavum’… ‘July Kaatril’… and the modern-day Tamil-film romance

March 18, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ispade-rajavum-idhaya-raniyum-july-kaatril-baradwaj-rangan-southern-lights/ Two movies go beyond the clichés in our love stories, but only one of them has real heart. Which was the first ‘can’t live with you, can’t live without you’ romance in Tamil cinema, the kind whose path was strewn as much with razors as roses? […]

She Says She Says: Lady Superstar Nayanthara

March 18, 2019

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“Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum”… A misconceived romance that tries to be so hip and cool, it’s painful

March 15, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ispade-rajavum-idhaya-raniyum-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-harish-kalyan/ TThe Arjun Reddy prototype roars into Tamil cinema with Ranjit Jeyakodi’s Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum. The first time we see Gautham (Harish Kalyan), he’s on a bike, zooming around… the hairpin bends of life. Or something. He has a big beard and bigger reserves […]

Interview: Madhan Karky

March 13, 2019

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The ‘super deluxe’ expectations from the ‘Aaranya Kaandam’ filmmaker

March 13, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/southern-lights-the-super-deluxe-expectations-from-the-aaranya-kaandam-filmmaker-baradwaj-rangan-tk/ In which I attempt to get a grip on the huge buzz surrounding the second film from Thiagarajan Kumararaja. It’s only natural that the trailer of a film starring Vijay Sethupathi gets a lot of attention. As I write this, the Sindhubath teaser has just dropped, […]

#AskBR – Sathru, Boomerang

March 13, 2019

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

“Sathru”… A solid, focused ‘cat and mouse’ thriller that works despite shortcomings

March 8, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Looking at the trailer, Sathru seemed to be the case of yet another young actor trying to give his career a jump start by playing a cop. And indeed, the first time we see Kathir, he’s a bad-boy rock star in khaki attire. He’s hauled up by his superior (Marimuthu, wasted) for not […]

“Boomerang”… A drama about a face transplant makes you wish for a screenplay transplant instead

March 8, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/boomerang-movie-review-atharvaa-murali-baradwaj-rangan-kannan/ Boomerang opens with Shiva being wheeled into a hospital. He has severe burns. His face is a mass of prosthetic goo. The doctor suggests a face transplant, courtesy a brain-dead patient who looks like Atharvaa. It works. The surgery takes place. The bandages come […]

#AskBR – 90ml, Thadam, Thirumanam

March 6, 2019

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In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

Interview: The ‘Super Deluxe’ writers

March 6, 2019

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She Says She Says: The 90ML Effect

March 4, 2019

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Readers Write In #68: On the Bechdel test

March 1, 2019

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A film is said to pass the Bechdel Test if it contains at least a single scene in which two named female characters talk to each other about something other than a man. This is grossly misunderstood to mean that they should be prominent to the story and/or that the conversation should be about something […]

“90ml”… This dramedy about women needed better writing but it gets the job done

March 1, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ninety-ml-movie-review-this-dramedy-about-women-needed-better-writing-but-it-gets-the-job-done-oviya-baradwaj-rangan/ The trailer of 90ml, directed by “Alagiya Asura”, suggested an unapologetic sleaze fest, and but this isn’t that film. Yes, there are the expected titillations: a young woman launching into her “first night” story, or a chat about how lesbians make love (which results […]

“Thirumanam”… An outdated “message movie” about the circus around weddings

March 1, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/thirumanam-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-cheran-msbhaskar/ There are two fascinating characters in Cheran’s Thirumanam… Sila Thiruthangaludan (Wedding… with few corrections), and they’re not the bride and the groom. I’m talking about the bride’s brother, Arivudainambi (Cheran), and the groom’s sister, Manonmani (Sukanya). They’re both of a certain age. They’ve seen […]

Film Companion (South) turns two!

March 1, 2019

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“Thadam”… A pulpy whodunit that puts a spin on its double-role premise and keeps you guessing

February 28, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/thadam-movie-review-a-pulpy-whodunit-that-keeps-you-guessing-baradwaj-rangan-arun-vijay/ In Thadam, writer-director Magizh Thirumeni puts a new spin on one of the oldest masala-cinema tropes: the double role. Whether with Sivaji Ganesan (Uthamaputhiran) or MGR (Ninaithathai Mudippavan) or Rajinikanth (Billa) or Kamal Haasan (Aalavandhan), the twin performances have hinged on a difference: one […]

Interview: RJ Balaji

February 27, 2019

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RJ Balaji, fresh off the success of LKG, explains the original intention behind making such a film adding how the team managed to complete the political satire without deleting a single scene. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #67: The writing of To Let – A well intentioned imitation

February 26, 2019

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In present day Thamizh film scenario, To Let is an achievement. To mount a film with no known faces, shoot it minimally and to exude what is understood as an ‘Iranian’ film sensibility is no mean achievement. Its successful run in the theatres is heartwarming. A testimony to how the Thamizh audience has always encouraged […]