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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, […]

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 […]