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

October 29, 2020


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

2 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


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


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


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


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 […]

The spirit of Rangeela, at 25: A still-colourful fantasy from Ram Gopal Varma, AR Rahman Aamir Khan, Urmila Matondkar

September 8, 2020


At a macro level, there’s literally nothing you can sense at a one-line level and say, “Wow, this is going to be huge.” But the beautiful “micro” touches make the movie. You don’t associate the word “benign” with Ram Gopal Varma. You associate it with someone like Sooraj Barjatya, whose Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! had […]

V on Amazon Prime Video, with Nani and Sudheer Babu: A thoroughly underwhelming cat-and-mouse thriller

September 3, 2020


I wondered if the director would have been more comfortable just pursuing a romantic zone: after all, his last outing, the Notting Hill-inspired Sammohanam, was quite a charmer. Spoilers ahead… I briefly wondered if Mohana Krishna Indraganti’s V might turn out to be good. It is filled with high-minded references, from Shakespeare to Emily Brontë. […]

Chat Masala #6: Vijay Deverakonda interview

September 1, 2020


“You can pay money to get a film written off”- Vijay Deverakonda is on Chat Masala with Anupama Chopra and Baradwaj Rangan telling us what he learnt from the failure of World Famous Lover, why he wants to do films that are more and more “review proof’ and why his dog Storm has his own […]

Interview: Sandeep Reddy Vanga

August 24, 2020


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Is Prabhas India’s first legit PAN Indian star?

August 20, 2020


Baradwaj Rangan and Vishal Menon speak about Prabhas, his three big-ticket announcements, and the changing landscape for stars from The South. Excerpts VM: Yesterday, they announced Adipurush, another big Prabhas film, his third during the lockdown after Radhe Shyam and that film with Deepika Padukone. This one seems even bigger, that too in 3D, and it will be directed by Om Raut, who made Tanhaji. At […]

Chat Masala #5: Making cinema a more equitable playing field

August 6, 2020


How can we make the movie industry a more equitable playing field? On Chat Masala, Anupama Chopra and Baradwaj Rangan get actors Richa Chadha and Shraddha Shrinath and filmmaker Kabir Khan to weigh in. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

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


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


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


(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 […]