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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, […]

Interview: Mahesh Narayanan

February 5, 2018


Mahesh Narayanan is one of the most popular editors in Malayalam Cinema who has worked on a wide variety of films ranging from Traffic, Beautiful, Kanyaka Talkies, Pokkiri Raja, Ennu Ninte Moideen and Vishwaroopam. He has also edited varuous films and advertisements in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. He made his screenwriting debut with Mili in […]

Interview: R Madhavan

January 18, 2018


R Madhavan, star of the Amazon Prime original Breathe, talks about his 20-year-old career (his first major role, in the Kannada film Shanti Shanti Shanti, was in 1998). He laughs about being too “mature” for romantic roles, and discusses opting for quality over quantity, and his biggest reality check. He speaks about upcoming projects like […]

Interview: Jayasurya

January 9, 2018


Straight out of the huge success of his biggest hit in his career so far – Aadu 2 which is still running to packed houses, Jayasurya talks about how the team arrived at a decision to make a sequel to a film which was a theatrical flop. In a career spanning more than 15 years, […]

Interview: Anant Nag

December 26, 2017


This is Anant Nag’s fiftieth year as an actor including five initially onstage in Mumbai. He talks about being abruptly removed from an ashram and later a Mutt in Karnataka and sent to Mumbai where he detested the curriculum. Anant recalls straying into Marathi theatre from where Satyadev Dubey introduced him to Shyam Benegal. He […]

Interview: Nani

December 23, 2017


In his career spanning nine years, Nani has come a long way from playing quirky roles to being called a ‘Natural Star’ in Telugu cinema. For the past couple of years, the actor has been basking in the glory of back to back hits starting from Yevade Subramanyam to his latest film MCA, which took […]

Interview: Sivakarthikeyan

December 22, 2017


A chat with Sivakarthikeyan, about his growth from Marina to Velaikkaran, and how he did not expect this success. About the comedian-to-hero trajectory that even legends like Nagesh did not attempt. About what success means to him, whether it has changed him. About his fans and his responsibility towards them. He talks about his serious […]

Interview: Hema Rukmani, the producer of Mersal

November 22, 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 Mersal, and the facet is production. Hema Rukmani, the producer of Mersal, explains what a producer does. How the company (Thenandal Studios Limited) makes decisions about […]

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 […]

Interview: John Edathattil, the screenwriter of Guna

November 6, 2017


We’re starting a series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE  film. We begin with Guna, and the facet is screenwriting. John Edathattil (credited, sometimes, as Sab John) is the screenwriter of Guna (1991). In this video, he talks about writing a script based on […]

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 […]

Interview: On reviewing (and with reviewers)

October 31, 2017


A fun chat on reviewing, with Abhishek Raaja (FullyFilmy), Maathevan (Behindwoods), Karthick Krishna (The Hindu, Tamil) — moderated by Kishen Das (FullyFilmy). Coming soon. Copyright ©2017 Fully Filmy.

Interview: Dulquer Salmaan / Rajkummar Rao

October 25, 2017


At the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival With Star 2017, I interviewed — before a live audience (which explains the audio/video) — two young actors that the session called “out big hopes.” Here’s the video: Copyright ©2017 Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival With Star.

Interview: Nithilan Swaminathan / Lokesh Kanagaraj, directors of Kurangu Bommai / Maanagaram

October 15, 2017


This is a chat with two young directors who have really strong views on the films they want to make and how stars can help. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.