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Readers Write In #29: Borg-McEnroe movie explores the torment of obsessive perfectionism

The new film on the Bjorn Borg-John McEnroe rivalry (new in India, released a few months earlier abroad), named baldly after their last names, has received a somewhat mixed if overall positive reception.  The common complaint seems to be that the film devotes too much time to Borg and too little to McEnroe.  One review […]

“Maayavan”… Producer CV Kumar debuts as director in a sci-fi tale that needed better… direction

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/maayavan-movie-review The year is 2037. The song on the radio — or whatever people are listening to then — is Keladi kanmani. This is the...Show More Summary

BOFTA Masterclass

This is a recording of a Masterclass I was invited to do at BOFTA (Blue Ocean Film and Television Academy ). Copyright ©2017 Behindwoods.Filed under: Cinema: Tamil, Personal

Video Essay: Five iconic movies of ‘Victory’ Venkatesh

A birthday special, celebrating the best movies of ?Venkatesh Daggubati. From the swashbuckling Bobbili Raja to Kshanakshanam and beyond. How does your list of favorites compare? For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.Filed under: Cinema: Telugu, Video Essay

“Aruvi”… An ambitious, solidly written satire that takes an issue and does very unexpected things with it

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/aruvi-movie-review Who is Aruvi (Aditi Balan)? That’s what the interrogator (Mohammad Ali Baig), at the police station, wants to know. He sits opposite this twenty-something woman, staring at her bloody face, wondering if she’s a Naxal from Dantewada. Show More Summary

Readers Write In #28: A random note on KBC 9

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 […]

The bare essentials of world cinema

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/from-bergmans-persona-to-godards-contempt-the-bare-essentials-of-world-cinema-4253079.html Since the purpose of this series is to show world cinema can be fun – or to put it differently, to sex up world cinema – we’ll begin with a couple of nude scenes. Show More Summary

Introducing… Rajinikanth!

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-introducing-rajinikanth A look at the superstar’s hero-intro scenes from the time he was before a superstar. After IV Sasi’s demise, a lot has been written about the director’s work in Malayalam cinema – but he made a handful of Tamil films as well, and I thought I’d […]

Video Essay: Rajinikanth’s first hero-intro shot

Rajinikanth made his entry with a dramatic scene in Aboorva Raagangal. But this was still not the mass, hero-entry shot we know from today’s masala cinema. So when did Thalaivar first get that kind of shot? (Clue: The year is 1980). For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed […]

Shashi Kapoor: Five memorable movies

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/shashi-kapoor-five-memorable-moments Whittling down Kapoor’s career to a handful of films isn’t easy. Here’s a list that’s far from definitive but honours the memory of one of our most beloved stars. Show More Summary

A reliably unreliable narrator

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-a-reliably-unreliable-narrator A look back at a scene from Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Anantaram’, which turned thirty this year. About the...Show More Summary

From a reader…

Thanks, again, Ramki Bellur, for this.Filed under: Personal

Interview: Hema Rukmani, the producer of Mersal

The latest episode in our series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE  film. This time, the film is Mersal, and the facet is production. Hema Rukmani, the producer of Mersal, explains what a producer does. How the company (Thenandal Studios Limited) makes decisions about […]

The Amateur’s Art #29 – Anil (Tamil, with English subs)

See here for what this series is about. Director: Bipin Ragu Actors: Aravinth Sundar and Smrithi Parameswar  Advertisements Filed under: Cinema: Tamil, Short Films, The Amateur's Art

“Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru”… This intense, well-researched cop thriller is a parts-greater-than-whole experience

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/theeran-adhigaaram-ondru-movie-review The thing to note about DSP Theeran (Karthi), the protagonist of H Vinoth’s Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru...Show More Summary

Interview: Milind Rau, the director of Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door

The latest episode in our series called ‘One Film, One Facet,” where we speak to ONE person responsible for ONE facet of ONE  film. This time, the film is Aval / Gruham / The House Next Door, and the facet is direction. Milind Rau, the director of Aval, Gruham, The House Next Door, talks about […]

Star struck

Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/amp/southern-lights-star-struck Should star ratings (terrible as they are) be absolute or relative? Let’s discuss. After I finished writing the review of Villain, a little more than a week ago, I felt a twinge of conscience. It was time for me to give the star rating, the most […]

Ahem!

Something nice that came via twitter — especially so because of the reference to the commenters here. You guys rock! Filed under: Cinema, Personal

The World of Apu

Anu Srini and Ram Chander met through this site, and… no, that is not where this story is going. They’ve started an online film magazine for lovers of cinema. In their words, “We hope to create an inclusive and diverse space for cinema across borders and languages. It’ll have articles, short stories, poems and all […]

“Nenjil Thunivirunthal”… An interesting plot ruined by careless writing, indifferent filmmaking

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/nenjil-thunivirunthal-movie-review Doctors are having it bad in Tamil cinema. Barely has Mersal branded their profession as mercenary,Show More Summary

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