The Amateur’s Art #31 – Pin Sellathey (with English subs)

January 5, 2018

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See here for what this series is about. This is from commenter Amit Joki, his second short film. He calls it “a light take on the evil of stalking”. Advertisements

#AskBR – Dhavani Kanavugal

January 5, 2018

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A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. (Or, an older film, if the week has no big releases.) For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

Posted in: #AskBR, Cinema: Tamil

Happy new year

January 4, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-happy-new-year These are our pick of songs for the occasion from across south India. What are yours?? For the first column of 2018, I decided to do something simple: pick one song from Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam that celebrates the new year (or at least, contains […]

Whose Plot Is It Anyway – “Padmavati”

January 4, 2018

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A weekly feature, where standup comedian Jagan takes a look at previews and trailers and predicts the story of Padmavati in his own inimitable way. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

#AskBR – Michael Madana Kama Rajan

January 2, 2018

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A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. (Or, an older film, if the week has no big releases.) For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

Posted in: #AskBR, Cinema: Tamil

‘The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg’, and the strangeness of subtitled songs

January 2, 2018

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/the-umbrellas-of-cherbourg-subtitled-songs-and-how-to-enjoy-musicals-in-a-foreign-language-4283361.html Among the great pleasures of a musical are the lyrics, especially when styled in the old-school Broadway mould. Take C’est moi from Camelot, the magnificent adaptation of the Arthurian legends by Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music). The song is sung by Lancelot, […]

2017 year-end roundup of Tamil cinema

December 31, 2017

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Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

“Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal”… It’s hard to feel for anything or anyone in this romantic melodrama

December 30, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/kalavaadiya-pozhuthugal-movie-review When long-separated former lover Ingrid Bergman walks into Humphrey Bogart’s nightclub in Casablanca, he marvels, wryly, at the coincidence: “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” A similar twist of fate awaits Porchezhiyan (Prabhu […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

Whose Plot Is It Anyway – “Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal”

December 28, 2017

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A weekly feature, where standup comedian Jagan takes a look at previews and trailers and predicts the story of Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal in his own inimitable way. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

#AskBR – Velaikkaran

December 27, 2017

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A weekly feature, where I answer a few questions on the big release of the previous weekend. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.

Posted in: #AskBR, Cinema: Tamil

“Vimaanam”… An underwhelming melodrama about a man who wants to fly

December 27, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/vimaanam-movie-review Vibhu Puri’s 2015 drama, Hawaizaada, posited that a Maharashtrian took to the skies before the Wright brothers did.  Earlier this year, Srikant Murali’s Aby told the story of a boy from Kerala whose only dream was to fly. Now, Pradeep M Nair comes up […]

Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

“Mayaanadhi”… A beautifully realised love story between a complicated woman and a simple man

December 26, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/mayaanadhi-movie-review In Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, a young criminal kills a cop, flees, falls in love, dreams of a future in a different country, and discovers that life has a way of messing up your plans. Each of these beats is referenced to some degree in […]

Posted in: Cinema: Malayalam

Interview: Anant Nag

December 26, 2017

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This is Anant Nag’s fiftieth year as an actor including five initially onstage in Mumbai. He talks about being abruptly removed from an ashram and later a Mutt in Karnataka and sent to Mumbai where he detested the curriculum. Anant recalls straying into Marathi theatre from where Satyadev Dubey introduced him to Shyam Benegal. He […]

Quixote, Werner Herzog and impossible dreams

December 25, 2017

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/thoughts-on-binge-watching-aaron-sorkins-the-newsroom-don-quixote-werner-herzog-and-impossible-dreams-4274513.html I’m the kind of person who waits for TV series to run their course over seasons and then binge-watch them, so don’t ask me why I’m talking about The Newsroom now. I just got done, and am still basking in that warm, soapboxy glow that you get […]

“Tiger Zinda Hai”… A tired, exhausting actioner with incredibly uninspired writing

December 24, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… The ordeal of a group of Indian nurses held captive by a terrorist organisation in the Middle East was brought to screen, earlier this year, in Take Off. Mahesh Narayan’s Malayalam thriller-drama found an ingenious way to up the emotional stakes — it was both thriller and drama. As much as nails were […]

Posted in: Cinema: Hindi

“Sakka Podu Podu Raja”… Yawn! Yet another stab at making Santhanam a star

December 23, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/sakka-podu-podu-raja-movie-review Santhanam’s latest attempt to position himself as a matinee idol pivots on an utterly original plot: the hero falls for a gangster’s sister. Yazhini (Vaibhavi Shandilya) is a number. She is given the utterly original trait of arrogance; she likes to taunt men. She […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

Interview: Nani

December 23, 2017

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In his career spanning nine years, Nani has come a long way from playing quirky roles to being called a ‘Natural Star’ in Telugu cinema. For the past couple of years, the actor has been basking in the glory of back to back hits starting from Yevade Subramanyam to his latest film MCA, which took […]

“Velaikkaran”… A first-half sprint, a second-half stumble

December 22, 2017

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Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/velaikkaran-movie-review The opening credits of Velaikkaran (The Worker) play over images of… workers: a tailor, a mechanic, a bus driver. But even earlier, we’ve had a hint about the film’s concerns, when a bunch of boys from a slum run past an expensive car and […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil

Interview: Sivakarthikeyan

December 22, 2017

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A chat with Sivakarthikeyan, about his growth from Marina to Velaikkaran, and how he did not expect this success. About the comedian-to-hero trajectory that even legends like Nagesh did not attempt. About what success means to him, whether it has changed him. About his fans and his responsibility towards them. He talks about his serious […]

Posted in: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

Whose Plot Is It Anyway – “Velaikkaran”

December 22, 2017

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Beginning a weekly feature, where standup comedian Jagan takes a look at previews and trailers and predicts the story of Velaikkaran in his own inimitable way. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.