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January 10, 2021

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Happy 2021 from me… and FC South!

January 1, 2021

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Film Companion South Round Table – 2020

December 31, 2020

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#AskBR – Rewind 2020

December 24, 2020

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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 ©2020 Film Companion.

Interview: Sai Pallavi

December 21, 2020

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The top 10 films of 2020: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema

December 21, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/fc-lists/best-movies-telugu-tamil-malayalam-2020-netflix-amazon-prime-video-hotstar-ala-vaikunthapurramuloo-trance-psycho-baradwaj-rangan/ It didn’t make sense to do individual “best-of” lists for each southern industry. There simply weren’t enough films to consider per language. So here goes. If 2020 will be remembered as anything, it’s as the worst year in recent movie history. Were there worse years? Debatable! Few people alive now probably remember how things […]

Interview: Sudha Kongara (on shattering a glass ceiling)

December 16, 2020

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Interview: Sai Dharam Tej (Solo Brathuke So Better)

December 14, 2020

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Middle Class Melodies on Amazon Prime, with Anand Deverakonda and Varsha Bollamma: A charming slice of small-town life

November 25, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/telugu-review/middle-class-melodies-movie-review-amazon-prime-video-with-anand-deverakonda-and-varsha-bollamma-a-charming-slice-of-small-town-life-telugu-movies-baradwaj-rangan/ As in ‘Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya’, we are in a Malayalam movie-flavoured Telugu movie. The film feels like a warm embrace. Spoilers ahead… The opening stretch of Vinod Ananthoju’s Middle Class Melodies sets the narrative up like a dream. Over a black screen (the credits are on), we sense that we are in some […]

Interview: Anand Devarakonda, Varsha Bollamma, Vinod Ananthoju (Middle Class Melodies)

November 24, 2020

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Miss India on Netflix, with Keerthy Suresh: A strong woman’s story is diluted by weak writing

November 4, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/telugu-review/miss-india-on-netflix-with-keerthy-suresh-a-strong-womans-story-is-diluted-by-weak-writing/ I loved the core conceit: Why not make a ‘mass’ -style movie with a heroine? But the film is too long, and the cast is left stranded by the simplistic writing. Spoilers ahead… In Narendra Nath’s Miss India, everyone speaks like one of two things: a PowerPoint slide, or  a motivational poster. Consider the […]

Addham on aha: This anthology with morally ambiguous characters needed more bite

October 29, 2020

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The concepts are good, but the conversations aren’t as easy and free-flowing and spontaneous as you’d like. Spoilers ahead… It’s something when a woman accuses her husband of having relationships with other women, and then says she thinks of other men. It’s an argument, though we never hear from the man (played by Prasanna). He’s […]

Interview: Will OTT Platforms penetrate the south , like in Bollywood?

October 26, 2020

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Colour Photo on aha, with Suhas and Chandini Chowdary: A not-bad “love failure” story with truly inspired touches

October 24, 2020

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/colour-photo-suhas-sandeep-raj-on-aha-a-not-bad-love-failure-story-with-inspired-touches/ Issues and all, this is one of the better products of this direct-to-OTT era. It may not come together perfectly, but at least, it’s not for lack of trying. Spoilers ahead… Sandeep Raj’s Colour Photo (he also wrote the film, from a story by Sai Rajesh) is set in the 1990s, and it has […]

Nishabdham on Amazon Prime Video, with Anushka Shetty and Madhavan: A dreadful thriller

October 3, 2020

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Almost everybody in Seattle seems to hail from Andhra Pradesh/Telangana… We quickly get to a point where the jaw cannot drop any lower at the awfulness on screen. Spoilers ahead… H emant Madhukar’s Nishabdham opens on Christmas eve, in 1972, someplace near Seattle. A couple — an Asian-looking man, a Caucasian woman — is slow-dancing […]

Interview: Suresh Krissna recalls his journey with SPB

September 30, 2020

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Remembering SP Balasubrahmanyam through the MSV era, the Ilaiyaraaja era, and beyond

September 25, 2020

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A journey through the great singer’s songs in Tamil cinema, by the two great composers who used him the most, and used him the best. How on earth do you write about SPB? How do you contain the vastness of his accomplishments, the vast pleasures he has brought us, in a couple of thousand words? […]

The best scene in Drishyam, as performed by Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan, Ajay Devgn, Venkatesh and Ravichandran

September 25, 2020

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With Jeethu Joseph’s sequel in progress, here’s a flashback to how five different actors tackled the emotional confrontation at the end of the story. When they announced Drishyam 2, with the same team from the blockbuster original (director Jeethu Joseph, actors Mohanlal and Meena), I wondered where it would take the story of Georgekutty. Because […]

Interview: (IPL Special) Dinesh Karthik on cinema

September 17, 2020

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Kamal Haasan and Lokesh Kanagaraj: Once upon a time there lived a ghost… (cue theme music by Anirudh)!

September 16, 2020

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A single tweet (#EvanendruNinaithaai, #KamalHaasan232) has shattered the notion that Kamal will only work with “yes men” directors, and not with new-gen filmmakers who have a very clear vision. For a while now, there has been some speculation that Kamal Haasan and Lokesh Kanagaraj would be coming together for a movie. I even got first-hand […]