All Blogs / Entertainment / Film / Bollywood / New


The Mysskin interview

Part 1 of my video interview with Mysskin — on the sets of Thupparivalan — for Film Companion. Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.Filed under: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

L’Age d'(Palme d’)Or

If you got that headline (translation: if you are a film snob), you may be interested in my dispatches from Cannes during the next couple of weeks.  Will put up links here as they appear on Film Companion. Au Revoir les Enfants. (See, I did it again!) Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.Filed under: Cinema: English, Cinema: […]

The Ramya Krishnan interview

My video interview with Ramya Krishnan for Film Companion. Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.Filed under: Cinema: Hindi, Cinema: Tamil, Cinema: Telugu, Interview

“Meri Pyaari Bindu”… An interesting premise that merely scratches the surface

Spoilers ahead… In Akshay Roy’s Meri Pyaari Bindu, Parineeti Chopra plays Bindu Shankaranarayanan, the least convincing Tamilian in the history of Hindi cinema. It isn’t that she cannot speak convincing Tamil. The story is set in Kolkata, so maybe she’s one of those kids who never got a chance to learn the language. But she’s […]

“Sarkar 3.”… A needless, not-all-bad sequel that’s more interesting as commentary on the director

Spoilers ahead… The narrative is that the filmmaker named Ram Gopal Varma has lost it, and on the basis of Sarkar 3, it’s a relief to report that this isn’t entirely true. Consider the fine mirror scenes that depict a couple of assassination attempts – on the mafia don Subhash Nagre, aka Sarkar (Amitabh Bachchan), […]

Readers Write In #17: The Split Director

M. Night Shyamalan’s first film was neither Wide Awake or The Sixth Sense. It was an indie drama known as Praying with Anger. Of course the film is not popular or even known that it existed unlike how the bad films by him are unpopularly remembered. Wikipedia describes the film as an exploration of a […]

The Amateur’s Art #19 – “Muyal” (Tamil, with English subs)

See here for what this series is about. This short has been written by Siddharth Subha Venkat, an assistant director who has worked in a couple of Tamil movies, and directed by R. Giridharan. Filed under: Short Films, The Amateur's ...

“Yeidhavan”… Too much talk, but this thriller isn’t entirely disposable either

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/yeidhavan-movie-review In just the span of the first scene, Sakthi Rajasekaran’s Yeidhavan (The Arrow Shooter) gives us two -ism dialogues, the kind that sound like quotes from the Cuddalore equivalent of Camus. Show More Summary

“Lens”… A thriller, plus a gripping meditation on the evil that men do

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/lens-movie-review For a while, Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan’s Lens makes you think it’s one of those Se7en-like thrillers featuring a bald villain with a God complex. Show More Summary

“Comrade in America”… An unfocused drama about a communist in love tries to tackle big issues

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/comrade-in-america-review Amal Neerad’s previous film, Iyobinte Pusthakam, began with an Emergency-era communist, the narrator. And through...Show More Summary

The Amateur’s Art #18 – “Shavaram” (Tamil, with English subs)

See here for what this series is about. A 5 min conversation piece set in a barber shop, by Mukesh and Sethu. Filed under: Short Films, The Amateur's Art

Readers Write In #16: Just not Babies

This short screenplay (click on the link below) was written by Sanjay NM for an NYC screenwriting competition. He was given genre,topic and character and asked to write a screenplay in 7 days. Just not Babies    Filed under: Readers Write In, Screenplay

Two shots, two songs

A flashback to moments from the 1986 Telugu drama ‘Swathi Muthyam’, the story of a man who’s also a child. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-two-shots-two-songs K Viswanath, this year’s recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, made three films with Kamal Haasan. Show More Summary

“Naam Shabana”… A not-bad thriller, with an interesting female/Muslim angle

Spoilers ahead… It’s easy to see why a studio would green-light Casino Royale. It was, after all, the origins story of the world’s most famous secret agent. It’s harder to make a case for Shivam Nair’s Naam Shabana, a sort-of prequel to Neeraj Pandey’s Baby. Not only is this the backstory for a minor character, […]

“Poorna”… A quietly proficient take on a mind-boggling real-life story

Spoilers ahead… So get this. A top-ranking government official in Telangana – Praveen Kumar (Rahul Bose), formerly in the police, now in the education department – hears that some government schools in villages are going to be closed because there simply aren’t enough students. Praveen needs a plan to increase enrolment. You think he’d improve the […]

The Amateur’s Art #17 – “Incogni2o” (Tamil)

See here for what this series is about. This short is by Venkat Ramanan CS, his second, made for a college-level competition. It was made on a budget of Rs. 50, which was required for the ketchup bottle. Filed under: Short Films, The Amateur's Art

Readers Write In #15: The Forbidden Kiss

It was still dawn when I stepped out of the cab and walked towards the entry gate of the Delhi airport. The early morning February air was pleasantly cold. I was travelling to Bengaluru to attend a college friend’s wedding. It had been four years since we graduated from the same college. This wedding was […]

“Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”… Less intriguing than Part I, but still a rousing, astonishing achievement

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/baahubali-2-the-conclusion-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan The war is over. Mahishmati awaits the coronation of its new king, Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas). Show More Summary

The old man and the hill

A flashback to moments from the 2002 Kannada drama ‘Dweepa’, where the construction of a dam threatens an ancient way of life. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-the-old-man-and-the-hill Only the lower gates of the dam have been closed, and already the water levels have climbed to half the height of the hill […]

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC