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“Mercury”… Even in his slightest film so far, Karthik Subbaraj proves he’s one of our most exciting writer-directors

April 19, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/mercury-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ With Karthik Subbaraj, we expect a twist, so here’s one from his new film, Mercury: the title card that dedicates this film to all silent films, from Raja Harischandra to Pushpak. The twist is that Mercury isn’t like any of those earlier silent films. […]

The contentious nature of the National Awards

April 14, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/the-contentious-nature-of-the-national-awards-baahubali-village-rockstars-sridevi/ Musings on the country’s most prestigious film awards – and this is not about whether X deserved to win over Y. Another year. Another set of arguments over the National Awards. For instance: Did Sridevi deserve Best Actress? Indeed, under normal circumstances, would her performance in […]

“Rangasthalam”… An overlong, yet interestingly narrated tale that makes for unusual masala movie

March 31, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/rangasthalam-movie-review-ram-charan-sukumar-baradwaj-rangan/ Everything that some people will think is right (and others wrong) in Sukumar’s Rangasthalam (Stage) can be glimpsed in the song, Ee chethi thone. It’s a dirge that plays over a murder victim being prepared for a funeral. We see the body being held […]

Interview: Samantha

March 30, 2018

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Everyone is talking about ‘Rangasthalam’ these days. The film, directed by Sukumar, has Samantha playing a villager, a first in her career, and the actress says it was an eye-opening experience. Prior to this, she has been part of several high profile films in Telugu and Tamil cinema, and starting from Pawan Kalyan and Mahesh […]

Whose Plot Is It Anyway – “Rangasthalam”

March 28, 2018

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

Video Essay: Best Moments of Prakash Raj

March 26, 2018

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A birthday special, celebrating the best scenes of Prakash Raj. How does your list of favorites compare? For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

#AskBR – Sridevi

March 9, 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.

The Amateur’s Art #34 – Samyuktham (Telugu, with English subs)

March 5, 2018

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See here for what this series is about. This film came from Vishvak Khanderao, who did his direction course from L.V. Prasad film academy. This is his diploma film, and it won the best film gold. Synopsis from YouTube: “The lives of two individuals intertwined due to the loss of life of another takes a […]

“Awe”… An ambitious, meticulous mix of genres is a tad overcooked but also fun to think back on

March 1, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/awe-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ Late in Prasanth Varma’s Awe, a barista named Meera (Regina Cassandra) finds a Rubik’s Cube in the basement of a restaurant. She tosses it into a dark corner — but a few seconds later, it’s tossed back at her, mysteriously (and fully) solved. That’s […]

Devi… Sridevi…

February 25, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/sridevi-kapoor-death-obituary/ A Madras boy remembers the actress, the star who could do everything every kind of director wanted her to do. G rowing up in the seventies and eighties, in Madras, meant you grew up with Sridevi. Actors and actresses, those days, made a ton of movies […]

Tamil cinema, English thoughts

January 25, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/southern-lights-tamil-cinema-english-thoughts/ In which I make a case that there needs to be more writing about non-Hindi cinema in English, if this cinema is to break through ghettos. I interviewed two authors at this year’s edition of the The Hindu’s Lit for Life. One of them was a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interview: Nani

December 23, 2017

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In his career spanning nine years, Nani has come a long way from playing quirky roles to being called a ‘Natural Star’ in Telugu cinema. For the past couple of years, the actor has been basking in the glory of back to back hits starting from Yevade Subramanyam to his latest film MCA, which took […]

Video Essay: Five iconic movies of ‘Victory’ Venkatesh

December 14, 2017

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A birthday special, celebrating the best movies of ​Venkatesh Daggubati. From the swashbuckling Bobbili Raja to Kshanakshanam and beyond. How does your list of favorites compare? For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

Interview: Milind Rau, the director of Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door

November 17, 2017

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The latest episode in our series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE  film. This time, the film is Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door, and the facet is direction. Milind Rau, the director of Aval, Gruham, The House Next Door, talks about […]

Inside / Outside

November 9, 2017

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-inside-outside It’s fascinating how an outsider watches a different film than one familiar with a culture. One phrase was used a lot in the reviews for the Tamil horror film, Aval, released last week. (Its Telugu version, Gruham, is expected soon.) While acknowledging its world-class technique (sound […]

“Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door”… A focused, polished horror film that tells a (mostly) involving story between the scares

November 3, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/aval-movie-review In every haunted-house horror movie, I ask the question: “So why doesn’t the family leave?” Milind Rau’s Aval (She/Her) not only addresses this cliché, it does so with flair. The family in question is headed by Paul (Atul Kulkarni), and the question comes from […]

Interview: Praveen Sattaru

November 1, 2017

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“Arjun Reddy Is The Film Of The Decade” “Mersal Was One Of The Reasons Why My Film Faced Censor Issues” “I Don’t Want To Be Part Of The Film Industry” Praveen Sattaru, director of PSV Garuda Vega, talks about why he chose to work with Rajasekhar much to everyone’s surprise, on his reluctance to narrate […]

Interview: Siddharth

October 31, 2017

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A chat with Siddharth, not so much about his trilingual (Aval, Gruham, The House Next Door) — but about himself. He spoke superbly (in terms of content + articulation) about the things I asked. He talks about his ‘pure’ horror trilingual Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door (directed by Milind Rau), and how […]