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Readers Write In #134: Why we need more shows like ‘Sex Education’ in India

January 22, 2020


(by Sai Sagar) In a recent discussion with a friend, the netflix series Sex Education came up. He remarked that I might as well be acquainted with the education part, given that the first half of the title will always elude me. The joke here is on both of us. Firstly one doesn’t “GET” Sex […]

Readers Write In #122: The Irishman – Scorsese returns to familiar territory and expands it in a startling fashion

December 19, 2019


(by N Madhusudhan) (Spoilers ahead) It’s fascinating to witness the gradual mellow down that the genre and the men who defined the genre go through. A film geek’s theoretical exercise would be to look at the film as a reflection of the painful final years of the characters from Goodfellas and Casino (which I certainly […]

Interview: Lakshmy Ramakrishnan 2

September 11, 2019


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Readers Write In #82: Fleabag, The One Your Mother Warned You About

June 30, 2019


(by Vineet Jacob Kuruvilla) If a movie is named after its lead character, then almost certainly the character will be a terrible person, a friend said to me. I didn’t verify this. He said it in the context of Arjun Reddy. After having watched two seasons of the British TV series Fleabag, I think he […]

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


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


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


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


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


Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: 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


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: 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


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


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: 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


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


Spoilers ahead… Read the full article on Film Companion, here: 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


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


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


… 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 […]