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Readers Write In #432: ‘Minnal Murali: Film Review’

December 27, 2021

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(by Sundar) Minnal Murali, directed by Basil Joseph, picks up where most superhero films typically end. The writers (Arun Anirudhan and Justin Mathew) repeatedly up the ante for you to an extent that you go through an unjustifiable feeling of being let down in the climax. Basically, you keep longing for more. And that marks […]

Basil Joseph’s ‘Minnal Murali’ (Tovino Thomas, Guru Somasundaram) is an inspired “local” and drama-laden superhero movie

December 26, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… If transcribed, you can read the text here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ Copyright ©2021 Film Companion.

Sarjun KM’s ‘Blood Money’ (Priya Bhavani Shankar, Kishore) is a watchable drama that could have used better writing

December 24, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… If transcribed, you can read the text here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ Copyright ©2021 Film Companion.

Vasanth’s ‘Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum’ (Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli) is a deeply moving dissection of three women across three time periods

November 26, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… If transcribed, you can read the text here: https://baradwajrangan.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/sivaranjiniyum-innum-sila-pengalum-a-deeply-moving-dissection-of-the-lives-of-three-women-across-three-time-periods/ Read the full review directly on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sivaranjiniyum-innum-sila-pengalum-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-vasanth-parvathy/ Copyright ©2021 Film Companion.

Karthik Swaminathan’s ‘Mugizh’ (Vijay Sethupathi, Regina Cassandra) is an impressively written and made drama about a family facing a loss

November 15, 2021

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Ponram’s ‘MGR Magan’ (Sasikumar, Mirnalini Ravi, Sathyaraj) is a mess of a family drama/comedy

November 5, 2021

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Readers Write In #421: What we do in the Shadows – A very funny and clever show you are most probably not watching right now but should be

November 3, 2021

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(by Gnanaozhi) Was as always surfing the utterly bureaucratic dystopian menu of the clusterfuck that is Disney Hotstar figuring out what is going to be my next fix. And no, I am not kidding when I say Disney hotstar has the WORST UI, search tool of all OTT apps in the country. Don’t believe me? […]

TJ Gnanavel’s ‘Jai Bhim’ (Surya, Manikandan, Lijomol Jose) is yet another drama that assumes good intentions plus a tragic real-life story is automatically good cinema

November 1, 2021

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Prabhu Jeyaram’s ‘Yennanga Sir Unga Sattam’ is an ambitious venture with an interesting structure, but the writing needed to be more focused and less messagey

October 29, 2021

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Sekhar Kammula’s ‘Love Story’ (Naga Chaitanya, Sai Pallavi) is watchable, but the issues it takes up needed much more depth

October 28, 2021

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Readers Write In #416: Bullet Point Report – Sardar Udham

October 23, 2021

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(by Macaulay Perapulla) Long before Baradwaj Rangan became the film critic de rigeur of the average Indian cinephile, he mastered the rare art of writing delightful reviews that were couched in the most mundane typographical devices: Bullet Points. Back in his Indian Express days, when BR’s writings were the purist Rayar Mess for the Chennai […]

Readers Write In #415: O J Simpson and the Other Fake News Factory

October 22, 2021

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(by Madan Mohan) I heard a lot about The People v/s O J Simpson when it came out.  But somehow, I never got around to watching it even though the crime beat has always interested me as someone who was a Hercule Poirot fan in school.  But perhaps it was for the better that I watched it now.  Because the […]

In the entertaining ‘Bhramam’ (Prithviraj, Mamta Mohandas), Ravi K Chandran and his super cast redo ‘Andhadhun’ in a pacier, more ‘commercial’ manner

October 7, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… If transcribed, you can read the text here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/ Copyright ©2021 Film Companion.

In Defence Of ‘Zero’ – kicking off a video series for Film Companion

September 29, 2021

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Interview: Mamta Mohandas / Prithviraj (‘Bhramam’)

September 28, 2021

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Jaikumar Sedhuraman’s ‘Sennai’ (Semmalar Annam, Bava Chelladurai) is a solid indie-Dalit film that uses a fable to make its points

September 27, 2021

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Arisil Moorthy’s scattered ‘Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum’ (Mithun Manickam, Ramya Pandian, Vani Bhojan) equates good intentions with good filmmaking

September 24, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… The title of the film is either a reference to the Rajinikanth song from Mullum Malarum (a famous Ilaiyaraaja hit) or it’s a statement: Whether one person or the other who rules us, nothing is going to change. The film is about three main characters: Kunnimuthu (Mithun Manickam), his wife Veerayi (Ramya Pandian) and a […]

Ranjith Sankar’s ‘Sunny’ (Jayasurya) is a gently moving drama that equates COVID-related solitude with a man’s isolation from his own life

September 23, 2021

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Deepak Sundarrajan’s ‘Annabelle Sethupathi’ (Vijay Sethupathi, Taapsee Pannu) is a ghost-comedy that’s truly ghastly

September 17, 2021

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Ananda Krishnan’s ‘Kodiyil Oruvan’ (Vijay Antony, Aathmika) has a promising story that’s let down by a disastrous screenplay

September 17, 2021

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Spoilers ahead… Kodiyil Oruvan has a great story, and had it been made in the 80s it would have been called Oru Thayin Sabhatham (a film with that title was actually made back then by T Rajender). The story begins in a village where a bunch of politicians pick a woman to contest the panchayat elections. Their idea […]