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The film song as a tone poem

February 20, 2022

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When AR Rahman’s soundtrack for Atrangi Re was released, the song that instantly wormed its way into my ears was Tumhe mohabbat hai. It wasn’t just the music or the longing in Arijit Singh’s expression. It was also Irshad Kamil’s word-weaving. The entire song has two “themes”. The first is the overarching theme: Dhanush’s sadness/heartache. […]

Readers Write In #441: #Anirudh25 and counting

February 14, 2022

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By Srimanram I tend to listen to a lot of Indian film music these days, mainly in Hindi and the four southern languages. It’s part of the reason why I follow people like Baradwaj Rangan and Karthik Srinivasan of milliblog.com. These two have been quite essential in shaping my music and movie tastes of late […]

Music Notes #2: Exploring the ‘Raja brought Tamils back from Hindi music’ urban myth

November 17, 2021

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So this comes from a recent comment from a reader (as it keeps coming up) that in the 1970s, Tamils were under sway to Hindi film music until the arrival of Ilaiyaraaja brought them back to Tamil music. I have asked many people born in the 1950s and 60s about this — family and others. […]

Music Notes #1: The unending pleasures of MSV-era melody lines

November 10, 2021

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More than a few people here know that I consider MSV the greatest melody-maker, bar none, of Tamil cinema. I am only talking about the tunes — not instruments (though sometimes, that, too). If there were four lines in the first stanza, each of them would have a different melody, and so on and so […]

Interview: AR Rahman (BAFTA Breakthrough, Taare Ginn, Ponniyin Selvan…)

October 27, 2021

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Readers Write In #409: Yuvan-ai Pol Oruvan

September 21, 2021

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(by  Kailasham) Yuvan’s compositions, especially the background score, have gone to serve as the backbone for an impressive array of movies that released in the 2001-2011. These pieces burnished the names of the movies into the audience’s consciousness and contributed to building the image of the heroes in these pictures. Think what Thimiru, Sandakozhi and […]

Readers Write In #375: Paadavaa Un Paadalai: a brilliant song, an apt picturisation and a terrible film

June 29, 2021

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(by Madan Mohan) Recently, I heard Paadavaa Un Paadalai after years (having overplayed it to death back in college) thanks to the Quarantine From Reality series.  I enjoyed their performance of the song and went back to the original.  As I marvelled at the intensity of the original as well as Ambika’s wonderful enactment of […]

#AskBR – Jagame Thandiram

June 23, 2021

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Interview: Santhosh Narayanan (‘Jagame Thandhiram’, Enjoy Enjami, Shenbagame…)

June 14, 2021

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Readers Write In #371: Sippi irukudu: Musings about a Timeless Treasure

June 5, 2021

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(by S Madhumithaa) With the number of days where we are finding ourselves locked inside the four walls of our homes never ending, my gratitude for art is exponentially increasing. A couple of days back, I decided to watch the legendary K.B’s Varumayin Niram Sivappu. This time, I found myself unable to get over the […]

#AskBR – Remembering SPB with singer Srinivas

June 4, 2021

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Interview: SJ Suryah

May 4, 2021

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Interview: The Sad Life of Film Critics

April 30, 2021

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Interview: Govind Vasantha on ARR, Santhosh Narayanan, Anirudh, Bijibal, Sushin Shyam…

April 29, 2021

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Interview: Govind Vasantha on MSV, MS Baburaj, Johnson, Ilaiyaraaja…

April 27, 2021

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Readers Write In #348: What I wanted to ask Rahman

March 22, 2021

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(by Madan Mohan) The day I signed up for the Film Companion Front Row discussion with A R Rahman, I formulated the question I wanted to ask him.  When the discussion started, I was maybe the second guy to punch in my question in the chatbox.  But the numbers were against me from the get […]

My interview by Venky Ramachandran – On music

February 24, 2021

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Interview: Bombay Jayashri

February 2, 2021

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Readers Write In #323: Reminiscences of a Yesudas concert

January 11, 2021

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(by Jayram Sataluri) It was Sunday, April 17th 2011. I was at JP Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey waiting outside the school.I did not have the exact money to pay for the ticket. But a family friend who I hadn’t seen in a decade understood my predicament and paid for it. I paid […]

Interview: Subhasree Thanikachalam

December 11, 2020

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