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The Amateur’s Art #34 – Samyuktham (Telugu, with English subs)

See here for what this series is about. This film came from Vishvak Khanderao, who did his direction course from L.V. Prasad film academy. This is his diploma film, and it won the best film gold. Synopsis from YouTube: “The lives of two individuals intertwined due to the loss of life of another takes a […]

Readers Write In #35: Ageing With Films

My father, who is the chief reason behind my ardent love for films, has stopped going to the theatres. My problem doesn’t end there. Once a passionate collector of movie DVDs, it is clearly evident that he has lost the interest in spending an evening at home watching his favourite film. It pains me when […]

“Pari”… A rewarding slow-burn story that’s not a ‘horror movie’ so much as a horror-inflected drama about misfits

Spoilers ahead… The marketing department of Pari needs a rap on the knuckles. The tagline says “not a fairytale,” but given how the film has been publicised and positioned, it should really have said “not a horror movie.” There are a few jolt-scares, to be sure — slowly escalating sound effects leading to visuals like […]

Conversation with Karan Johar at Hindu Lit for Life

An Unsuitable Boy: Karan Johar in conversation with Baradwaj Rangan The Hindu Lit for Life 2018 was held on January 14, 15 & 16 at Sir Mutha Concert Hall, Chetpet, Chennai, India. For more information, follow us on More Summary

#AskBR – Naachiyaar

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: Copyright ©2018 Film Companion.

“Awe”… An ambitious, meticulous mix of genres is a tad overcooked but also fun to think back on

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: Late in Prasanth Varma’s Awe, a barista named Meera (Regina Cassandra) finds a Rubik’s Cube in the basement of a restaurant. Show More Summary

Kalki: On Netflix

Kalki, a short film I wrote for director Dhilip Kumar, is now out on Netflix. You can watch it here: Do see, comment, compliment, criticise… See post about the first look here. And the trail...

“Naachiyaar”… Bala ditches the nihilism and makes his most generic, underwhelming film

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: Bala’s new film, Naachiyaar, opens on acres of a trash-strewn landfill. As the credits flash by, the camera keeps moving, but there’s only garbage… and more garbage. Show More Summary

“The delusion of the constant erection is what keeps the patriarchal society going”

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: A note on Q’s ‘Garbage’, which premiered at the Berlin film festival, and an interview with the filmmaker. Q’s Garbage,...Show More Summary

The Prayer, Best Actor winner at Berlinale, is a worthy addition to the list of films about faith

Read the full article on Firstpost, here: Winter Light (1963),...Show More Summary

Berlin Diary 10: Dark lives. Low-key sci-fi. India of the 1920s.

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: IIt’s been a while since I’ve seen a movie as still as Thomas Stuber’s In den Gängen (In the Aisles),...Show More Summary

Devi… Sridevi…

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: A Madras boy remembers the actress, the star who could do everything every kind of director wanted her to do. G rowing up in the seventies and eighties, in Madras, meant you grew up with Sridevi. Actors and actresses, those days, made a ton of movies […]

Berlin Diary 9: Two women. More women. And life in the Arctic.

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Ramón Salazar’s La enfermedad del domingo (Sunday’s Illness) is the story of two women, one absurdly privileged, the other a sort of castaway. Show More Summary

Berlin Diary 8: A focus on the refugee crisis. Searching for intimacy. Gael García Bernal’s heist-and-aftermath drama.

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Two years ago, Gianfranco Rosi’s refugee documentary, Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare), won the Golden Bear. Show More Summary

Berlin Diary 7: Teen trauma. Steven Soderbergh’s stalker thriller. And time passages.

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: The French drama, Prénom: Mathieu (First Name: Mathieu), lasts just 63 minutes, and it packs an awful lot in. Show More Summary

Berlin Diary 6: Gus Van Sant’s latest. Serial killings in Teheran. A super-sweet superhero story.

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: In Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Gus Van Sant tells one of his patented stories about a troubled soul who finds a mentor and sorts his shit out: call this Good Wheel Hunting. Show More Summary

Interview: Gautham Vasudev Menon, on the writing of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya

The latest in our series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE film. Here’s Gautham Vasudev Menon, talking about the writing in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. Gautham Vasudev Menon, the director of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa takes us through his process of writing the film. Sharing some exclusive insights […]

Berlin Diary 5: The end of a romance. The beginnings of a transformation.

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: The most remarkable aspect of Avel Petersén and Måns Månsson’s  The Real Estate (discussed in yesterday’s diary) is the heroine. Show More Summary

Berlin Diary 4: Motherhood. Swedish real estate. And a thriller on a computer screen.

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Inspired by AM Homes’s memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter, the Italian director Laura Bispuri has come up with Figlia mia (Daughter of Mine). Show More Summary

‘A Fantastic Woman’, and a fantastic close-up of the trans experience

Read the full article on Firstpost, here: The Berlin Film Festival is underway...Show More Summary

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