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Critics in the time of Corona!

March 23, 2020


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And it’s been 17 years, folks…

January 30, 2020


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.    

200k subscribers

January 29, 2020


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

Zee Tamil Cine Awards 2020

January 5, 2020


I was invited to be part of the ZEE TAMIL Cinema Awards jury, and right from the start, they were very clear that they would NOT do what’s generally done — that is, insist that we award a star so that they will show up for the ceremony. (Our awards are not like the Oscars, […]

Happy 2020!

December 29, 2019


One Bharath News interviews me… again, it’s about movies and reviews

December 19, 2019


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Simplifying CAB and NRC

December 18, 2019


TalksOfCinema interviews me… about movies and reviews

December 10, 2019


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Kamal Haasan at 65: The forgotten phase

November 7, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: The ‘Great Phase’ of the actor’s career, post ‘Pushpak’ and ‘Nayakan’, is well documented. But here’s a jumble of memories from the preceding phase, the early to mid-1980s, which had just as many misses as hits. All you kids doing the Ajith-versus-Vijay wars on Twitter, let […]

How I learnt to stop shying and start selling…

October 30, 2019


This post comes about because Tina, in the Saand Ki Aankh comments section, asked: Also – why do we now have a reviewer who re-tweets actors/technicians who say he ‘gets’ the movie? Out of curiosity – does this happen anywhere else? It is really a bit annoying – because frankly, from my (very humble) perspective […]

25 Greatest Tamil Films Of The Decade

October 24, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Tamil cinema has had the best possible trend this decade, in that the director has slowly started coming back. Oh, there were always big-name filmmakers, known for their big, commercial projects. I’m talking about the auteurist kind, young (and not-so-young) filmmakers tackling subjects not just with […]

Beyond Bollywood: The Best Non-Hindi Films Of The Last 5 Years

July 25, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: From a Tulu-language oddity to a genre mash-up from Guwahati to an unapologetically bonkers crime epic set in the gold mines of Bengaluru – our picks of the best films since 2014. Here are my Tamil picks. Jigarthanda (2014): I wanted to begin with one really […]

Film Companion turns 5

July 25, 2019


“figuring out new ways to approach content and artists and always, how to dive deeper and stay engaging. There is also the hustle to be a financially sustainable platform without resorting to gossip or click-bait headlines. How do you attract eyeballs and money without editorial compromise – that is the question!”

Perspective: On the reactions to Kabir Singh

July 25, 2019


PERSPECTIVE is a segment where a viewer (or one of us at Film Companion) presents a video essay on a topic. This edition is by Abhinav Sundar Nayak, the editor of three Tamil feature films (Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, Uriyadi and Kurangu Bommai) and a Malayalam feature film (You too Brutus). For more, subscribe to FILM […]

Books that changed you

July 9, 2019


Jeevan R asked this question in the K Balachander #AskBR thread. I think it deserves a separate thread, especially if readers can chip in. What books have challenged your perception of world.. can you suggest few Good ones?

FC @ Cannes 2019: A few of my favourite things

May 14, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: In between screenings at the world’s biggest film festival, here’s a bunch of things I look forward to. So what, apart from the movies, am I looking forward to at Cannes? Maybe a Sylvester Stallone sighting, while he’s promoting Rambo V – Last Blood. You kids […]

Off the Topic: Enigma

May 6, 2019


Spoilers… The following post is not about movies. So, I have not been able to frequently comment here as I used to earlier. I wouldn’t comment on films earlier (and now) because I don’t frequent to theaters as much, so I would have nothing to comment on, and the enlightening discussions which I used to […]

A stand on stars

May 3, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: We think it’s time we stopped trying to reduce our thoughts on films (i.e. our reviews) to a bunch of stars.   It took a star to take out the stars. The former is Shah Rukh Khan, who gently railed against the latter, today’s near-ubiquitous system […]

#AskBR – Some ‘pressing’ YouTube Comments – Part 1

April 9, 2019


In which I answer a few questions on an older film… or a new one… or take on a few YouTube comments… For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

And we hit 100K subscribers!

April 2, 2019


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