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Kamal Haasan at 65: The forgotten phase

November 7, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kamal-haasan-65th-birthday-indian-film-actor-baradwaj-rangan/ 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

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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

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/fc-decades/pages/tamil.html 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

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/fc-turns-5/best-non-bollywood-films-of-the-last-5-years.html 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

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“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!” https://www.filmcompanion.in/fc-turns-5/a-letter-from-anupama-chopra.html

Perspective: On the reactions to Kabir Singh

July 25, 2019

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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

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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

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/cannes-film-festival-2019-sylvester-stallone-rambo-5-baradwaj-rangan 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

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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

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/why-film-companion-will-not-have-stars-ratings-in-movie-reviews-baradwaj-rangan/ 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

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And we hit 100K subscribers!

April 2, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Lakshmi, Accountant

March 25, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Vinoth, Mechanic

March 12, 2019

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Film Companion (South) turns two!

March 1, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Saravanan, Milk Booth Owner

February 25, 2019

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My Favourite Film Decade – Bollywood in the 1980s

February 12, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/favourite-films-of-a-decade/baradwaj-rangan-80s-top-films/ One of the aspects of pop-culture that really, I mean really, gets to me is how unshakeable an opinion becomes. I call it the Curse of Perceived Wisdom. Here’s an example. Mahesh Bhatt once said, in some magazine, that the most erotic scene in Indian cinema […]

Viewer’s Voice: Mohammed Sabbit (Dulquer Salmaan fan)

February 11, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Sarath (AC Mechanic)

January 28, 2019

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Viewer’s Voice: Shanmughathaai (Eatery Owner)

January 7, 2019

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