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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 […]

Common men, uncommon stories

August 15, 2015

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On the eve of the release of ‘Manjhi – The Mountain Man’, Baradwaj Rangan traces the journey of our biopics, which are no longer just about larger-than-life achievers. It all began in 1959, when a landless Bihari from the Musahar community, a scheduled caste that traditionally made a living as rat catchers, decided to make […]

Apples, oranges, and a lot of stale cheese

February 23, 2015

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If you want to know what was wrong with this year’s Oscar telecast, just Google up “2013 Tony Awards: Neil Patrick Harris Opening Number HD.” Now that is a show. There’s singing. There’s dancing. There’s acrobatics. He leaps through a hoop. And there’s magic – literal magic. Harris steps into a box on stage and […]

Switching channels

July 10, 2014

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Baradwaj Rangan gets used to the idea of life without TV. I am amazed at myself. The last time I was so amazed at myself was when I discovered that I could touch my toes without bending my knees. Okay, so I bent my knees a little. But that doesn’t count as cheating. We are […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “Taking a knife to a classic”

May 10, 2013

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Thoughts on Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho,” Gus Van Sant’s remake of ‘Psycho,” and the ruthlessly butchered ‘Psycho’ that’s shown on television. Psycho is widely seen as the progenitor of the modern-day slasher film, yet watching it today, I wonder if that credit shouldn’t actually go to the movie Hitchcock made immediately after – The Birds, where the […]

Kogitating over Koffee

November 13, 2010

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Is it possible, through television, to unearth the truth (the whole truth, nothing but the truth) about a public figure?

Between Reviews: Creating a Critic

October 10, 2009

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CREATING A CRITIC In which our film critic says “thank you” to Doordarshan for shaping his cinematic sensibilities. OCT 11, 2009 – WITH SO MANY RHEUMY REMEMBRANCES being directed towards Doordarshan on its completion of 50 years, I felt compelled to contribute my two-and-a-half bits of nostalgia. But this isn’t about oh-those-were-the-days – Oru Manidhanin […]

TV Review: Gateway

March 27, 2008

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DIRECTORS’ PIX The new reality show for filmmakers is the same as every other reality show around: a guilty pleasure, but little else. MAR 28, 2008 – IN A MORE INNOCENT AGE, the most commonly experienced – or at least, commonly discussed – anxiety dream used to be that of finding yourself naked in public. […]