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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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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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