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Interview: Lakshmy Ramakrishnan (on finding a niche in a misogynistic, male-dominated industry)

May 1, 2019

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And we hit 100K subscribers!

April 2, 2019

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Readers Write In #73: Delhi Crime : a Netflix crime drama series on the 2012 Delhi gang rape

March 31, 2019

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You would think that there would be nothing revelatory in a crime series on the Nirbhaya case, when one has read about it so much during the time when it happened. But as shown in movies like “Atonement”, any story can entirely change when the perspective changes. The newspapers then had mostly reported about police […]

Readers Write In #71: Musings on ‘Good girls revolt'”, an Amazon Prime original series

March 24, 2019

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Like another enjoyable Amazon prime original TV show, “The marvellous Mrs Maisel”, “Good girls revolt” too has a period setting in the late sixties/ early seventies  and a theme of women trying to overcome inequalities while making a career. Based on events that actually happened, which inspired the book “The Good Girls Revolt : How the […]

Readers Write In #70: Why is everyone so impressed with Made in Heaven

March 18, 2019

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Spoilers… Made in Heaven has somehow become the toast of the season. Almost everyone I know who watches Amazon Prime, has been raving about it; and a quick glance at the critics’ reviews across the gazillion media outlets across India, indicates that they too have been impressed. I scratch my head, and not because I […]

Readers Write In #66: Big Little Lies: Agatha Christie in a Monterey bottle

February 23, 2019

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I tend to be late in catching up with whatever TV show it is that is winning over the audience and the critics alike.  And so it was that I only caught 2017’s Big Little Lies during Weekend Binge last…uh…weekend.  This is even as Mrs Maisel is the much talked about show currently, or have […]

“Sigai”… A missing-person mystery gets an evocative start, but the underwhelming resolution is a bummer

January 9, 2019

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sigai-movie-review-kathir-zee5-jagadeesan-subu-riythvika/ Sigai (Hair), now streaming on Zee5, gives you two stories for the price of one movie. The first one begins with scenes of a Chennai night. Crowds swarm the Marina beach. Traffic chokes the roads. Beggars lie on the sides of streets. Commuters chug […]

She Says She Says: Marvelling Over Mrs Maisel

December 31, 2018

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The man behind the Superstar

November 15, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/southern-lights-baradwaj-rangan-rajini-interview-zee-tamil-2.0/ A few thoughts on Rajinikanth’s Deepavali-day interview on Zee Tamil, an “event” that possibly rivals 2.0 because the Superstar so rarely meets the media. As he walks in, he looks like a benevolent family elder, bald and smiling and with kind eyes. He looks like he […]

50k subscribers

September 15, 2018

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Almost exactly a year ago, we made the decision to branch off into a separate South channel. Today, we’ve crossed the 50,000 subscribers mark. A small milestone. A big thank-you.

The biggest takeaway from ‘Kallachirippu’, presented by Karthik Subbaraj, is that it exists

July 26, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/kallachirippu-karthik-subbaraj-is-that-it-exists-biggest-takeaway-southern-lights-baradwaj-rangan OTT platforms may finally be on their way to dispensing content that does not have “mass appeal”. The OTT media space (I’m including web series, here) in Tamil is still evolving, so everything from Balaji Mohan’s As I’m Suffering From Kadhal (on Hotstar) to the new […]

Readers Write In #28: A random note on KBC 9

December 13, 2017

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I bought-in a subscription to SLING only to watch ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ 9 primarily, and secondarily the India versus Australia matches. [Somehow, it is India facing Australia on Australian pitches boosts the adrenalin in me and not that highly vice-versa.] I am amazed by the vibrancy the show still generates after 17 years and with that same, French-bearded […]

As I’m Suffering from Mixed Feelings

July 13, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-as-mi-suffering-from-mixed-feelings Two new web series in Tamil serve up fare that’s not seen on the big screen, but they could be so much more. With As I’m Suffering from Kadhal (As I’m Suffering from Love), the web series now on Hotstar, director Balaji Mohan no […]

The Balaji Mohan interview

June 14, 2017

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My video interview with Balaji Mohan, on the eve of the release of his web series, As I’m suffering from Kadhal. Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

The five-ringed circus

August 10, 2016

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Do you find it odd that every four years, we sit in front of the television and watch someone be declared the world’s best at… javelin-throwing? I can understand the allure of the sport before, say, the invention of guns. Had television existed a millennium ago, it’s not hard to imagine Native American tribes setting […]

Chris rocked…

March 5, 2016

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… but what about the rest? aka, the award for the show most in need of revamping goes to… I didn’t expect much from the Oscar show. I missed the live telecast, and by the time I sat down for the rerun, I already knew who’d won the big awards. So I was surprised when […]

Not a black-and-white issue

February 10, 2016

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The racism controversy around the Oscars cannot be addressed by just nominating a few black actors. When Mary Kom was released – actually, right from the point the film was announced – a lot was said and written about Priyanka Chopra playing a Manipuri boxer. “Why not cast someone from the North East?” was the […]

On the watch

January 9, 2016

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Looking back at my vacation viewing, which included heavily intellectual entertainment like… um, ‘Downton Abbey’. What does a film critic watch while on vacation? I was surprised people even thought this was a question worth asking, but then someone explained why. With “normal” folks (a category I clearly do not belong to), holidays are a […]

Trials and starry tribulations

December 14, 2015

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So what is the long-drawn Salman Khan trial all about? Baradwaj Rangan wonders. The Salman Khan trial isn’t just about an actor who may or may not have done the things he’s been accused of, the things he’s now been acquitted of. (Whoever was driving that car has, by now, become as mysterious an entity […]

The one-for-all channel

August 22, 2015

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Doordarshan Chennai turned 40 recently, which is as good an excuse as any to talk about what Doordarshan meant and what it means today. This Independence Day, I was thinking about Doordarshan. In the late 1970s and early 80s – that’s when many of us got a television set, something that resembled a crate with […]