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Interview: Milind Rau, the director of Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door

November 17, 2017


The latest episode in our series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE  film. This time, the film is Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door, and the facet is direction. Milind Rau, the director of Aval, Gruham, The House Next Door, talks about […]

Inside / Outside

November 9, 2017


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: It’s fascinating how an outsider watches a different film than one familiar with a culture. One phrase was used a lot in the reviews for the Tamil horror film, Aval, released last week. (Its Telugu version, Gruham, is expected soon.) While acknowledging its world-class technique (sound […]

“Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door”… A focused, polished horror film that tells a (mostly) involving story between the scares

November 3, 2017


Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: In every haunted-house horror movie, I ask the question: “So why doesn’t the family leave?” Milind Rau’s Aval (She/Her) not only addresses this cliché, it does so with flair. The family in question is headed by Paul (Atul Kulkarni), and the question comes from […]

Interview: Praveen Sattaru

November 1, 2017


“Arjun Reddy Is The Film Of The Decade” “Mersal Was One Of The Reasons Why My Film Faced Censor Issues” “I Don’t Want To Be Part Of The Film Industry” Praveen Sattaru, director of PSV Garuda Vega, talks about why he chose to work with Rajasekhar much to everyone’s surprise, on his reluctance to narrate […]

Interview: Siddharth

October 31, 2017


A chat with Siddharth, not so much about his trilingual (Aval, Gruham, The House Next Door) — but about himself. He spoke superbly (in terms of content + articulation) about the things I asked. He talks about his ‘pure’ horror trilingual Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door (directed by Milind Rau), and how […]

“Spyder”… A pretty decent god-vs-demon tale,with a solid hero and a spectacular villain

September 27, 2017


Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: The pre-interval stretch of Spyder may be the best thing AR Murugadoss wrote and directed. It has the resonance of myth. We witness the birth of the villain, the birth of Evil, in a graveyard — a cut whisks us from the wails of […]

Interview: Santosh Sivan

September 26, 2017


Coming on Thursday. My chat with Santosh Sivan. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: QUOTES FROM THE INTERVIEW “I like big films… You are in the midst of mass people.” “I don’t need to do much to make Mahesh Babu look good.” “Thuppakki was the first time we used digital cameras.” “With Thalapathy, […]

Interview: NTR Jr.

September 21, 2017


This interview is our first in Telugu cinema, done by our correspondent Hemanth Kumar. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

Film Companion – South

September 8, 2017


So this is a plug for Film Companion South. Earlier, all videos from this part of the country were uploaded on the Film Companion YouTube page. Now, we’ve decided to have a separate page for the interviews in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam (have you seen the Prithviraj interview yet?). Do subscribe and spread the […]

“Arjun Reddy”… A coming-of-rage drama which digs deep, rings true

September 1, 2017


Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: The southern film industries are apparently in a race to tell stories about clean-shaven college boys who lose their love, gain a beard, and spend the rest of the film not just battling inner demons but also making a running joke of the CBFC’s […]

The Amateur’s Art #24- “Mirror” (Telugu, with English subs)

July 16, 2017


See here for what this series is about. This short film — horror, for a change — is by Prashanth Mittapelli.

A tale of two rejections

June 22, 2017


A flashback to moments from the 2001 Telugu drama ‘Tiladaanam’, the story of a priest who’s fallen on hard times. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: KNT Sastry’s Tiladaanam (The Rite… A Passion) can be seen as a companion piece to Vamsha Vriksha, the Kannada drama discussed in this column last week. […]

The Ramya Krishnan interview

May 14, 2017


My video interview with Ramya Krishnan for Film Companion. Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

Two shots, two songs

May 4, 2017


A flashback to moments from the 1986 Telugu drama ‘Swathi Muthyam’, the story of a man who’s also a child. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: K Viswanath, this year’s recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, made three films with Kamal Haasan. Sagara Sangamam is the best, Subha Sankalpam the weakest – and […]

“Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”… Less intriguing than Part I, but still a rousing, astonishing achievement

April 28, 2017


Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: The war is over. Mahishmati awaits the coronation of its new king, Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas). But while peace may good for the country, it’s bad news for the screenwriter. For a while Baahubali: The Conclusion plods along a predictable path. It’s never boring. SS […]

Law and disorder

April 20, 2017


A deep dive into moments from the 2010 Telugu political drama ‘Leader’, where an idealist becomes Chief Minister and sets out to eliminate corruption. I have a thing for idealistic dramas in which a newbie-politician changes the corrupt System. Shankar’s Mudhalvan (Tamil; Nayak in Hindi) is one. Sekhar Kammula’s Leader is another. The former (which […]

“Katamarayudu”… Pawan Kalyan anchors a masala movie where he might know how to speak “bird language”

March 30, 2017


Spoilers ahead… In the first scene of Kishore Kumar Pardasani’s Katamarayudu, named after the character played by ‘Power Star’ Pawan Kalyan, we see four cars speeding through rugged Rayalaseema terrain. Suddenly, the shot is inverted. The sky is at the bottom of the screen, the speeding cars on top. You’re probably wondering “Why?” But hardened […]


March 23, 2017


A deep dive into moments from the 2016 Telugu rom-com ‘Pelli Choopulu’, which is as much about finding a life partner as finding oneself. Among the happier trends in movie-watching down south is the release of films with subtitles. Speaking as someone from Chennai, this is how it used to be. The majority of releases […]

“Ghazi”… A comfortingly old-fashioned (and entertaining) war movie

February 19, 2017


Spoilers ahead… Kay Kay Menon rarely finds roles worthy of his talent, but in Ghazi, he lucks out. He plays Rann Vijay Singh, a naval captain entrusted with a submarine and a mission. It’s 1971. News has trickled down that Pakistan is preparing to strike the eastern coast. Singh and his crew are asked to […]

“Khaidi No 150.”… Less self-important and more palatable than ‘Kaththi’

January 11, 2017


Spoilers ahead… The Tamil film Kaththi opens in the middle of a chase outside a prison. We see a group of policemen, apparently firing at will. We see the back of a fleeing convict – the whistles in the theatre tell us it is the film’s star, Vijay. An instant later, this is confirmed with a […]