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Interview: Vetri Maaran

October 15, 2018


#VadaChennai has shades of Macbeth, Hamlet… @dhanushkraja had misgivings about Polladhavan… The only 2 “filmmakers” in Tamil cinema are Balu Mahendra, Mani Ratnam… In #VadaChennai, the women swear too.. Vetri Maaran talks about Vada Chennai, and how it differs from other gangster movies set in North Madras. It was originally a 5-1/2 hour cut. How […]

Live: SaNa listens to a situation, makes the BGM

October 13, 2018


Santhosh Narayanan talks about his composing style, how he makes a basic tune that is then developed and handed out to the players. He plays a BGM piece from Pariyerum Perumal – first on the piano, and then the final output (as played by the whole orchestra). He discusses contributors like Pradeep and Sean Roldan. […]

Interview: Santhosh Narayanan

October 9, 2018


Santhosh Narayanan talks about his 25th album, Vada Chennai, directed by Vetri Maaran. He speaks of the song, Kaarkuzhal kadavaiye, and why he wanted it in this album. He talks about his sound and why it came about, and how he goes about composing a song. He speaks of how ideologically inclined directors like Pa […]

Interview: Anand Shankar

October 2, 2018


Anand Shankar, director of NOTA, talks about his learnings as an Assistant Director in Bollywood and in Tamil cinema. (He assisted Siddharth Anand in Anjaana Anjaani, and AR Murugadoss in Thuppakki and 7aum Arivu.) He talks about his sensibility and why his second film (Iru Mugan) was less “Hollywoody” than his first (Arima Nambi). He […]

Interview: Vijay Deverakonda

September 27, 2018


Vijay Deverakonda, the star of NOTA, talks about being called the the biggest star in south Indian cinema. After Pelli Choopulu, Arjun Reddy and Geetha Govindam, he assesses his position, his female fan base, and the perceived change in his attitude and behaviour. He talks about the dynastic system of the Telugu film industry and […]

50k subscribers

September 15, 2018


Almost exactly a year ago, we made the decision to branch off into a separate South channel. Today, we’ve crossed the 50,000 subscribers mark. A small milestone. A big thank-you.

Interview: Kamal Haasan

July 31, 2018


Kamal Haasan talks about Vishwaroopam 2, and why the action genre doesn’t form a big part of his over 200 films, other than the odd Vikram, Kurudhipunal, Thoonga Vanam, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, Aalavandhan and now the Vishwaroopam films. He speaks about being a star and actor (vis a vis someone like Naseeruddin Shah). He speaks of […]

Interview: Anjali Menon

July 11, 2018


Anjali Menon — director of Koode, Bangalore Days and Manjadikkuru, and writer of Ustad Hotel — talks about what Bangalore means to Malayalis, and explains the new-gen phase of Malayalam cinema. (She singles out Ranjith’s Kaiyoppu and Sameer Thahir’s Chaappa Kurishu.) She talks about Padmarajan, Bharathan, Fasil, MT Vasudevan Nair, KG George, about the improved technique […]

Interview: M Sasikumar

June 29, 2018


Subramaniyapuram turns ten this July. Sasikumar, currently starring in Asuravadham, talks about the success of the film, the failure of Easan (maybe he should have made it later, he wonders), what he got from assisting Bala and Ameer. He names his favourite films by Bharathiraja, Balachander, Balu Mahendra, Mahendran, Bala and Ameer, and talks about […]

Interview: Ravi Varman – Part 1 / 2

June 21, 2018


@fcompanionsouth inaugurates a new series, #Journeys, with #Sanju cinematographer Ravi Varman. Ravi Varman is one of India’s top cinematographers. In this two-part video, he talks about his struggling days, moving on to early films like Jalamarmaram, Shantham and Armaan. He describes how he developed a cinematographic eye and how he acquired his learnings from big […]

Interview: Karthick Naren

May 30, 2018


Dhuruvangal Padhinaaru and Naragasooran director Karthick Naren talks about learning direction through five films: Prestige, Kannathil Muthamittal, Psycho, The Secret in Their Eyes and Memories of Murder. He speaks about how he creates mood — especially in the Naragasooran trailer. He discusses his writing process, and the themes/morals in his films. Also this question: At […]

Interview: Arvind Swamy

May 7, 2018


Arvind Swamy recalls his Thalapathy audition, and how he was not nervous to act with Rajinikanth and Mammootty. He talks about reuniting with Mani Ratnam in Chekka Chivandha Vaanam, and goes on a flashback to the Roja/Bombay days. He talks about how his approach to acting has changed — how he gives inputs to a […]

Interview: Gautham Vasudev Menon, on the writing of Yennai Arindhaal

April 30, 2018


The latest in our series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE film. Here’s Gautham Vasudev Menon, talking about the writing in Yennai Arindhaal. Gautham Vasudev Menon discusses the writing of Yennai Arindhaal, starring Ajith, and talks about his love for cop stories (including Kaakha […]

Interview: Karthik Subbaraj

April 5, 2018


Karthik Subbaraj, who is directing the next Rajinikanth film, talks about being a “social media generation” director, making short films and learning from them. He talks about his writing process and how he writes complex screenplays like Jigarthanda and Iraivi. He discusses the the layering of characters, the staging of shots. He talks about how […]

Interview: Samantha

March 30, 2018


Everyone is talking about ‘Rangasthalam’ these days. The film, directed by Sukumar, has Samantha playing a villager, a first in her career, and the actress says it was an eye-opening experience. Prior to this, she has been part of several high profile films in Telugu and Tamil cinema, and starting from Pawan Kalyan and Mahesh […]

Interview: Abishek Raaja aka cinemapayyan

March 22, 2018


Online reviewer Abhishek Raaja, aka @cinemapayyan, talks about his new channel (in collaboration with Potential Studios). What is the vision? What is going to be different from the work he did at Fully Filmy and Behindwoods? What did the “Dark Video” mean? He talks about reaching and audience beyond the click-baiting Ajith/Vijay videos, and reviewing […]

Conversation with Karan Johar at Hindu Lit for Life

March 3, 2018


An Unsuitable Boy: Karan Johar in conversation with Baradwaj Rangan The Hindu Lit for Life 2018 was held on January 14, 15 & 16 at Sir Mutha Concert Hall, Chetpet, Chennai, India. For more information, follow us on Twitter at and Copyright ©2018 The Hindu.

“The delusion of the constant erection is what keeps the patriarchal society going”

February 27, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: A note on Q’s ‘Garbage’, which premiered at the Berlin film festival, and an interview with the filmmaker. Q’s Garbage, the only Indian feature at this year’s Berlinale (it had its world premiere in the Panorama section), zooms in on subject matter worthy of the director’s provocative […]

Interview: Gautham Vasudev Menon, on the writing of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya

February 20, 2018


The latest in our series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE film. Here’s Gautham Vasudev Menon, talking about the writing in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. Gautham Vasudev Menon, the director of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa takes us through his process of writing the film. Sharing some exclusive insights […]

Interview: Manikandan

February 10, 2018


Manikandan talks about his next film, Kadaisi Vivasayi (The Last Farmer), and why Rajinikanth would be great for the lead role. He talks about how he uses realism as a tool, and how a director needs time to confirm his talents. He says you shouldn’t make issues too strong, and you shouldn’t have only entertainment, […]