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Martin Scorsese’s recent essay on Federico Fellini makes a very important point about what cinema is

February 22, 2021

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https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/martin-scorseses-recent-essay-on-federico-fellini-makes-a-very-important-point-about-what-cinema-is-9333081.html When you see certain films, you sense the presence of a director. And to me, that is the crux of defining “cinema”: whether it’s been made by a “director”. Spoilers ahead… Given his essays for mainstream publications, Martin Scorsese hasn’t been a happy man for a while. In 2019, in the New York Times, […]

Massoud Bakhshi’s ‘Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness’, which screened at IFFI, is an “eye for an eye” drama set in a TV studio

January 23, 2021

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https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/massoud-bakhshis-yalda-a-night-for-forgiveness-which-screened-at-iffi-is-an-eye-for-an-eye-drama-set-in-a-tv-studio-9232121.html The premise of this Iranian drama is almost farcical. A matter of life and death is being decided on a reality show with a garishly lit set. Spoilers ahead… The International Film Festival of India went virtual this year. One of the films I watched is Massoud Bakhshi’s Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness (2019). […]

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January 10, 2021

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250k subscribers for Film Companion South. A big deal for a small team. Thank you SO much. Copyright ©2021 Film Companion.

My interview by Venky Ramachandran – On film criticism

December 18, 2020

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For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2020 Venky Ramachandran.

My ‘Let’s Talk Art’ conversation with the folks of Bangalore Little Theatre

October 20, 2020

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For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult A freewheeling discussion — part of the Let’s Talk Art series to commemorate Bangalore Little Theatre’s Diamond Jubilee. Copyright ©2020 Bangalore Little Theatre Bangalore.

My ‘kutty story’ interview on Littleshows

October 9, 2020

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For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult”Kutty Story” – A special showcase of talents, to portray the few who have excelled in the field with their ever unique presence – a venture into their life and inception of their goals in the form of a “Kutty Story – an interview series”, documenting their journey […]

My interview on therewillbetime (by Anirban B)

October 1, 2020

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For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult You can go to any kind of journalism or mass-communication program you want to, but they can only teach you the tools and how to hone your craft. The basic urge should be there within you. I strongly believe that for any form of art, writing or […]

Is what I do ‘worth it’?

September 27, 2020

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As a writer, you always think the work you do is less “important” than what a doctor or scientist or environmentalist or social activist or does. It isn’t. But sometimes, you get a letter that makes you re-evaluate your profession a bit, just a bit. This is one of those letters, and I’m printing with […]

Bitty Ruminations 91 – The erasure of (film) history

September 17, 2020

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There are two reasons for writing this. One is awkshwayrd’s comment on the SADAK 2 thread, in response to my comment about Mahesh Bhatt: @brangan: There is a masterclass from you buried in the comments here. I’d never heard of any of these movies (MANZILEIN AUR BHI HAIN? AWAARGI? SAATHI?) and I’m a 80’s kid […]

My interview on The Red Sparrow

September 5, 2020

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For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult “As the name suggests, Untangled shall aim at untangling all the bits and pieces that go into the making of an artist and the human behind the artist. The show is divided into three sections – Inception, Assembly Line and Harvest. Untangled chats with the National Award […]

My chat on Deccan Herald podcast

August 21, 2020

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For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult https://open.spotify.com/episode/7BKjY5girqCh1B0jMQ9AXx Here is an excerpt: Vivek M V: Hello sir, welcome to the show Bharadwaj Rangan: Thank you Vivek, thank you so much. Vivek: I want to start off with a quote. Steven Spielberg once said that “whenever I go to a movie, it’s magic!”  No matter […]

My chat on Butter Biscuit podcast

August 15, 2020

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My interview on Aashik Gopinath Bryan

July 28, 2020

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My interview on Aaraichi Mani

July 25, 2020

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My interview on Mojito Later

July 19, 2020

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My interview on Nexus Consulting

July 18, 2020

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For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult “Welcome to Episode II of Nexus Consulting’s The Road Less Taken, where our CEO, Venky Srinivasan, is in conversation with one of India’s most well known movie critics: Baradwaj Rangan. BR went from being an engineer to an ad man to a movie critic, a journey like […]

My interview on South Talkies

July 17, 2020

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For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult “In part 1 of an extended interview with #BaradwajRangan, we talk about how someone considered to be a misfit in Tamil cinema made it big, the democratization of movie reviews, influence of social media in a movie’s performance and the process that goes into his reviews and […]

And it’s been 17 years, folks…

January 30, 2020

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My first published review was in 2003: This one! Thanks to all readers who have stuck through at least two blog changes, at least three job changes, comment wars, and just about everything else. Cheers.    

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January 29, 2020

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200k subscribers for Film Companion South. A big deal for a small team. Thank you SO much. Copyright ©2020 Film Companion.

Readers Write In #124: In these turbulent times, has film criticism become the most politically honest element of journalism?

December 23, 2019

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(by Alex John) The less than enthusiastic critical response to Malayalam superstar Mammootty’s latest mega outing ‘Mamangam’ prompted me to write this. I was thinking, how easy is that in today’s politically divided India? I mean, here we have a big star who is also an actor with openly testified political views, a mega-budgeted flick, […]