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Srikanth Addala’s ‘Narappa’, starring Venkatesh and Priyamani, is a too-faithful remake of ‘Asuran’, but it works

July 20, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Narappa is adapted from Vetrimaaran’s Asuran which in turn was based on Poomani’s novel ‘Vekkai’. At first, we see Narappa, played by Venkatesh, as a very weak man. He’s someone who would sacrifice his own self-respect to keep him and his family out of trouble. And one of his sources of trouble is the three acres of […]

Interview: Aishwarya Lekshmi (‘Jagame Thandiram’, ‘Mayaanadhi’…)

June 16, 2021

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Karthik Rapolu’s ‘Ek Mini Katha’ (Santosh Shobhan, Kavya Thapar), on Amazon Prime, is a barely okayish watch about a man who thinks he has a small penis

May 27, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: In Ek Mini Katha, Santhosh (Santhosh Shoban) plays Santhosh, a man who thinks that he has a small penis, and this gives him a complex. There’s a scene that shows Santhosh as a college student: his girlfriend invites him to her house to have sex but later kicks him out. The assumption is […]

Kishor B’s ‘Sreekaram’ (Sharwanand, Priyanka Arul Mohan), on SUN NXT, is a bland ‘city dude saves farmers’ drama

May 25, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Sreekaram is one of those films where a messiah from a city comes to the village and solves the issues of farmers. Karthik (Sharwanand) is the messiah here. The first time we see him is when he comes back home to his village on a bus. He is sitting on its top and […]

Jayanth Gali’s’s ‘Love Life & Pakodi’, on Amazon Prime, is an okayish attempt at deconstructing modern-day relationships

May 22, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Love Life & Pakodi is a love story between Rheya (Sanchitha Poonacha) and Arun (Bimal Kartheek Rebba). Like all boy–girl love stories in our cinema the question is whether the two would get together in the end—but here the journey is different. It’s a bit like Mani Ratnam’s OK Kanmani where a boy and girl are […]

Praveen Kandregula’s ‘Cinema Bandi’ (on Netflix) is a pleasant excursion into a villager’s passion for movie-making

May 14, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Text: Cinema Bandi is a small, charming film. You have a village, Gollapalli, which has all the usual problems of an Indian village: no rains or irrigation for cultivation. On the other side, you have the fantasy world of cinema where rains are available for something as frivolous as a rain dance. You have […]

Interview: Tamannaah

May 13, 2021

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Despite the clichés, Bucchi Babu Sana’s ‘Uppena’ (Panja Vaisshnav Tej, Krithi Shetty, Vijay Sethupathi) does interesting things in the ‘masala’ space

April 23, 2021

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Interview: Sriram Venu (‘Vakeel Saab’)

April 8, 2021

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Interview: Nagarjuna (Wild Dog)

March 23, 2021

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Film Companion South turns 4!

March 1, 2021

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Pitta Kathalu on Netflix: Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam, Nandini Reddy, Nag Ashwin and Sankalp Reddy give us a half-successful anthology

February 19, 2021

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https://www.filmcompanion.in/reviews/telugu-review/pitta-kathalu-telugu-movie-review-netflix-tharun-bhascker-nandini-reddy-nag-ashwin-and-sankalp-reddy-give-us-a-half-successful-anthology-shruti-haasan-amala-paul-jagapati-babu-baradwaj-rangan/ Two films work. Two don’t. And the standout is Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam’s ‘Ramula’, which takes big risks with form. Spoilers ahead… Ram Chander is one of the most wonderfully written idiots of Indian cinema. On the surface, he is just that: an idiot. He tells a woman he likes her because she is so […]

Video essay: The last (and best) scene in Drishyam

February 15, 2021

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Interview: The directors of ‘Pitta Kathalu’

February 11, 2021

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Mail on aha: Priyadarshi props up a story about a young man obsessed with computers

January 22, 2021

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The actors are lovely and this is a sweet, impossible-to-dislike nostalgia piece, but I wanted it to be more. Spoilers ahead… Which eye twitches for a bad omen? The right one, or left? That’s the extent of the concerns of the young men we meet in the sleepy little town of Mail, written and directed […]

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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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