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Interview: Venkatesh Maha (C/o Kancharapalem, Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya)

August 3, 2020

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Interview: Satyadev Kancharana (Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya)

August 1, 2020

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Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya on Netflix, with Satyadev Kancharana: ‘Maheshinte Prathikaaram’ gets a sincere, funny, rooted Telugu remake

July 30, 2020

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When filmmakers move from a micro-budget indie like C/o Kancharapalem to something more high-profile, they sometimes lose themselves in trying to gain a bigger audience. That doesn’t happen with director Venkatesh Maha. Spoilers ahead… Given that a lot of Malayalam cinema would practically pass for “art cinema” in the bigger, brasher neighbouring industries that speak […]

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 […]

Readers Write In #224: Arjun Reddy is a landmark of Telugu Cinema, regardless of its moral incorrectness

July 21, 2020

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(by Ram Venkat Srikar) If you’re a non-Telugu-speaking movie buff who discovered Telugu cinema during the lockdown, relying on the multitude of OTT services, it is highly likely that your cinematic comprehension of Telugu cinema is confined to OTT hits, which mostly represent the good side of the Telugu cinema. For instance, the majority of […]

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

July 10, 2020

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

July 7, 2020

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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: Rana Daggubati / Ravikanth Perepu (New-gen Telugu Cinema)

June 27, 2020

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Krishna and His Leela, On Netflix: A classy, well-written update on the one-man-two-women premise

June 25, 2020

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What’s interesting in these “new-gen” movies — especially in the context of Telugu cinema — is how interestingly, how consistently the women are written. Spoilers ahead… The “new-gen” in Telugu cinema may not be as big a thing as it is in Malayalam, but even the odd films that trickle out point to a definite […]

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. […]

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June 5, 2020

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Readers Write In #185: The gloriously overlooked character arc of Arjun Reddy

May 20, 2020

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(by Pragnya N) While the debate is still out on whether Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Arjun Reddy glorifies toxic masculinity, toxic relationships, alcohol and drug abuse, and also sexism, a zoom-out on Arjun Reddy as a character study, shows that the film isn’t sermonizing on how a man should be modelled. Instead, it speaks about the […]

Interview: Naveen Polishetty

April 29, 2020

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Aswathama, with Naga Shaurya and Mehreen Pirzada, is on Sun Nxt: A rewind of this underwhelming action-thriller from Ramana Teja

April 17, 2020

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There’s a really creepy scene where the villain has sex with a corpse, but the man’s motivations are fuzzy and the chain of crimes isn’t convincing at all. Spoilers ahead… Ramana Teja’s Aswathama opens rather ominously, with an NT Rama Rao-channelling voiceover quoting a passage from the Mahabharata. It’s about the disrobing of Draupadi, which […]

Interview: Madhavan (20 years of Alaipayuthey)

April 16, 2020

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Five years of O Kaadhal Kanmani: How this Dulquer Salman, Nithya Menen-starrer gave us back the Mani Ratnam we love

April 16, 2020

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The film, which explored a live-in relationship, was probably just an intelligent rehash of Mani’s earlier works. But, it provided a whiff of fresh air in the romance film genre, writes FC Reader Sundar Rajan. OKadhal Kanmani (April 17, 2015) ended the legendary Mani Ratnam’s 15-year-long dry spell in Kollywood. The filmmaker had touched new lows, at […]

World Famous Lover, with Vijay Deverakonda and Raashi Khanna, is on Netflix: A rewind of this, um, ‘writerly’ romance

April 16, 2020

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Years from now, I suspect this truly confused film, by Kranthi Madhav, will be remembered as a footnote in the Gospel of St. Deverakonda. For all its faults, it keeps pushing that Rowdy persona… Spoilers ahead… Kranthi Madhav’s World Famous Lover has everything you expect from a Vijay Deverakonda Film™. There’s grand passion, grander rage. […]