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Readers Write In #74: Thoughts on the Nani-Shraddha Srinath starrer, JERSEY

May 2, 2019

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Spoilers ahead How often do you want to write about a movie that’s moved you? For someone who is in the verge of making his own film, being so moved by a film is a rarity. I went to watch Jersey expecting a decent movie with a few good moments. I came out in tears […]

#AskBR – Do we prefer an ‘Avengers’ to our own masala films?

April 30, 2019

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

Interview: Nani

April 16, 2019

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And we hit 100K subscribers!

April 2, 2019

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Readers Write In #72: Between a god and a hard place: Being Raju in Kancharapalem

March 27, 2019

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“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent” – Stanley Kubrick  A young boy falls in love with a girl, prays to his god to help him woo her. The god seemingly blesses him only later to burn his hopes. The boy questions his god, […]

Interview: Naga Chaitanya / Samantha

March 27, 2019

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Interview: Samantha

March 19, 2019

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She Says She Says: Lady Superstar Nayanthara

March 18, 2019

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Film Companion (South) turns two!

March 1, 2019

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Interview: The heroines of the ‘Queen’ remakes

January 20, 2019

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#Tamannaah Bhatia, #KajalAggarwal & #ParulYadav who star in the South remakes of Kangana Ranaut’s #Queen, Paris Paris in Tamil, That is Mahalakshmi in Telugu & Butterfly in Kannada speak to Anupama Chopra about the process and challenges involved with simultaneously shooting four films in different languages, the cultural nuisances they had to factor in while […]

#AskBR – 2.0

December 5, 2018

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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 ©2018 Film Companion.

Interview: PC Sreeram

December 4, 2018

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My conversation with PC Sreeram in the “Journeys” series. (Ravi Varman featured in the previous – and first – episode). For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #61: Metacriticism – The difficulty of reviewing a movie in the digital age

December 2, 2018

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I watched the Rajnikanth starrer “2.0” yesterday and now I’m faced with a very difficult question. What do I say when a friend asks me: “How was the film?” No one’s going to look for a detailed analysis of the visual effects or the strength of the screenplay or whether there was a focal character […]

The complicated moral universe of ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ and Shankar’s ‘2.0’

December 1, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/2.0-moral-universe-thugs-of-hindustan-shankar-aamir-khan-rajinikanth/ Or why films that attempt to deviate from the formula of the masala movie need much better writing. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen ‘2.0’… During the intermission of Shankar’s 2.0, I made a note: “complicated moral universe.” I didn’t talk much about it in my review, […]

Interview: Resul Pookutty

November 28, 2018

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“The hardest sound @shankarshanmugh asked me to create in #2point0 was that of a sparrow dying. We know how humans die, but not birds.” “In Endhiran, we were scared to alter Rajini sir’s voice” My interview with sound wizard @resulp on @fcompanionsouth For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

Every Shankar film, ranked

November 22, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/every-shankar-film-ranked-baradwaj-rangan-2.0-enthiran-arrahman-rajinikanth-mudhalvan-indian/ Shankar wasn’t the first Tamil filmmaker to mix animation and live action in a song sequence. SP Muthuraman got there with the Rajinikanth-starrer Raja Chinna Roja, in 1989. But see the two music videos today, and you see the difference between a safe, efficient filmmaker and […]

Interview: Karan Johar

November 20, 2018

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Karan Johar talks to Baradwaj Rangan about how Aditya Chopra introduced him to the cinema of Mani Ratnam. He talks about how different things would have been had he presented SS Rajamouli’s Ega in the North. Talking about 2.0, he says it’s going to have one of the biggest openings of Indian cinema and why […]

“Taxiwaala”… A fun horror-thriller that juggles high concept and low comedy

November 19, 2018

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/taxiwaala-movie-review-vijay-deverakonda-baradwaj-rangan/ Had Taxiwaala been a new — as opposed to long-in-the-making — Vijay Deverakonda movie, it would burnish the halo around the actor so much more. (He signed the film before Arjun Reddy released and shot him into the stratosphere.) For we would have then […]

The man behind the Superstar

November 15, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/southern-lights-baradwaj-rangan-rajini-interview-zee-tamil-2.0/ A few thoughts on Rajinikanth’s Deepavali-day interview on Zee Tamil, an “event” that possibly rivals 2.0 because the Superstar so rarely meets the media. As he walks in, he looks like a benevolent family elder, bald and smiling and with kind eyes. He looks like he […]

She Says She Says: The Women in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

October 3, 2018

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