Browsing All Posts filed under »Southern Lights«

A tale of two rejections

June 22, 2017


A flashback to moments from the 2001 Telugu drama ‘Tiladaanam’, the story of a priest who’s fallen on hard times. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: KNT Sastry’s Tiladaanam (The Rite… A Passion) can be seen as a companion piece to Vamsha Vriksha, the Kannada drama discussed in this column last week. […]

A very big man

June 15, 2017


A flashback to moments from the 1972 Kannada drama ‘Vamsha Vruksha’, the story of a widow who remakes her life. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Can a man be both traditional and modern? Can a Brahmin believe in rites and rituals and the Hindu way of life (which, sometimes, can be […]

Two shots, two songs

May 4, 2017


A flashback to moments from the 1986 Telugu drama ‘Swathi Muthyam’, the story of a man who’s also a child. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: K Viswanath, this year’s recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, made three films with Kamal Haasan. Sagara Sangamam is the best, Subha Sankalpam the weakest – and […]

The old man and the hill

April 27, 2017


A flashback to moments from the 2002 Kannada drama ‘Dweepa’, where the construction of a dam threatens an ancient way of life. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Only the lower gates of the dam have been closed, and already the water levels have climbed to half the height of the hill […]

Law and disorder

April 20, 2017


A deep dive into moments from the 2010 Telugu political drama ‘Leader’, where an idealist becomes Chief Minister and sets out to eliminate corruption. I have a thing for idealistic dramas in which a newbie-politician changes the corrupt System. Shankar’s Mudhalvan (Tamil; Nayak in Hindi) is one. Sekhar Kammula’s Leader is another. The former (which […]

The seller of fish

March 30, 2017


A deep dive into moments from the 2014 Kannada neo-noir drama ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’, which details the search for a man through the people who knew him. A journalist is in search of a story, a story about a man named Ritchie. One of the people she interviews, a cashew nut seller named Shailesha, tells her, […]


March 23, 2017


A deep dive into moments from the 2016 Telugu rom-com ‘Pelli Choopulu’, which is as much about finding a life partner as finding oneself. Among the happier trends in movie-watching down south is the release of films with subtitles. Speaking as someone from Chennai, this is how it used to be. The majority of releases […]

Wheatish complexion, average build

March 16, 2017


A deep dive into moments from the 2016 Kannada drama ‘Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu’, which is about finding a father. And finding out about a father Shiva is one of those harried urban professionals who’s always on a call, but when his Alzheimer’s-afflicted father, Venkob Rao, goes missing, Shiva finds he has to let go […]

A super star, a super movie

March 9, 2017


The biggest film event in Tamil Nadu last week was the re-release of Rajinikanth’s Baashha. The film was certified by the censors on December 31, 1994. It was in theatres a couple of weeks later. Twenty-two years on, it’s still drawing crowds. Read the rest on Film Companion, here: Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

New beginnings…

March 1, 2017


A new start today: as Editor, Film Companion (South) and Chief Consultant, Programming, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star. It’s a bit nerve-wracking, to be honest — this move to digital. I’ve talked about it in my first post for FC: So, about the blog. My reviews of (and pieces on) South Indian films […]