Browsing All Posts filed under »Cinema: Telugu«

FC Recco: ‘Chi La Sow’

November 5, 2019

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“Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy”… Chiranjeevi is rousing in a weakly written historical drama

October 2, 2019

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Even the biggest star needs the gravity of a strong screenplay, and that’s where the film falters, and ultimately fails. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sye-raa-narasimha-reddy-movie-review-chiranjeevi-historical-drama-sudeep-vijay-sethupathi/ In the pantheon of ageing-yet-ageless stars of the south, Chiranjeevi has been missed the most. In Tamil cinema, Rajinikanth still lights up […]

Readers Write In #97: Why I Loved Nani’s Gang Leader

September 24, 2019

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(by Aman Basha) “Gang Leader” is arguably one of the massiest flicks that came out in Telugu, more than two decades ago. Its star, Chiranjeevi was the man who brought mass to Tollywood, the ultimate star whose success is yet to be repeated by others who keep making movies, similar to the potboilers he made, […]

Interview: Prabhas

August 28, 2019

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Creating a conversation around trans characters in cinema

August 27, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/creating-a-conversation-baradwaj-rangan-around-trans-characters-in-cinema/ A look at how ‘Super Deluxe’ depicts a trans character as neither villain nor saint, but as simply flawed and all-too-human. By now, I think it’s safe to say the “gay film” (i.e. films about two men in love or in a relationship) or the “lesbian […]

Interview: Sudheer Varma

August 12, 2019

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Readers Write In #92: ‘Dear Comrade’ gets right things that ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’ didn’t

August 11, 2019

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(by N Madhusudhan) These are exciting times in Southern Cinema. Never before has the envelope been pushed so far in a mainstream romance as these two films have in recent times, to varying degrees of success. While these two films could not be more different from each other in style, there are some striking similarities […]

Interview: Boney Kapoor

August 7, 2019

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Interview: Rahul Ravindran

August 5, 2019

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Interview: Nagarjuna – Part 2

July 31, 2019

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“Dear Comrade”… Vijay Deverakonda takes a backseat to Rashmika Mandanna in an unusual, winning drama

July 29, 2019

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This is a pretty unique film. On one level, it is a love story with a young, easy-on-the-eyes couple – and yet, it isn’t quite that love story. Spoilers ahead… You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/dear-comrade-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-vijay-deverakonda/ The first few scenes of Bharath Kamma’s Dear Comrade look like outtakes from Arjun […]

Interview: Nagarjuna – Part 1

July 29, 2019

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The biggest trends in the four southern industries in the past 5 years

July 25, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/fc-turns-5/trends-in-southern-industries.html This period has seen some landscape-altering developments in the cinema of the four southern states. A look at the breakout talents of this movement. In Telugu cinema, it was the return of the mega-movie, thanks to the mind-boggling success of Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and its […]

Perspective: On the reactions to Kabir Singh

July 25, 2019

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PERSPECTIVE is a segment where a viewer (or one of us at Film Companion) presents a video essay on a topic. This edition is by Abhinav Sundar Nayak, the editor of three Tamil feature films (Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, Uriyadi and Kurangu Bommai) and a Malayalam feature film (You too Brutus). For more, subscribe to FILM […]

Readers Write In #89: Sreehari Nair and the mollycoddling of the art genius

July 25, 2019

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(by Madan Mohan) I have thus far avoided writing about Kabir Singh, specifically about the reactions to it, except in comments on existing threads, finding the discussions to be altogether too acrimonious.  However, I have changed my mind and for that, you may thank Sreehari Nair’s piece for rediff entitled “What’s so obscene about Kabir […]

#AskBR – Kadaram Kondan / Aadai

July 24, 2019

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Interview: Amala Paul / Rathna Kumar (Aadai)

July 16, 2019

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FC Flashback: Sankarabharanam

July 11, 2019

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What is a “classic”? The most perfect, flawless film ever made? Um… I’d rather define it as something I keep returning to, flaws and all. Something that makes me think, regard it in a new light each time. Flashback is a monthly feature on a film I consider a… classic. For more, subscribe to FILM […]

#AskBR – Happy birthday, K Balachander

July 9, 2019

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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 ©2019 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #85: The Dancer Upstairs, and the Actor Beneath….

July 7, 2019

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(by An Jo) An engineering back-ground warrants me to put in certain key pre-conditions: I understand, read, and write [write to varying degrees] only 4 languages: Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, English, Urdu. I can speak some broken Punjabi and understand it. 2. I do not understand languages of Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. [In other words, apart […]