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Readers Write In #20: Yama’s Lieutenant…

The following is a note from Anuja Chandramouli… People always want to know what prompted me to write books in the currently red – hot, alleged cash cow that is the mythology genre. I have no idea what to say except that it is not something that I thought long and hard about, given my […]

“Ondu Motteya Kathe”… A gentle, winning comedy whose strains of sadness are smoothed over by the hilarity

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/ondu-motteya-kathe-movie-review One reason for my interest in Ondu Motteya Kathe (The Story of a Bald Man) was autobiographical. Finally, a protagonist I can see in the mirror. The second was archaeological, for I spent quite a bit of time trying to excavate examples of films […]

Love on the run

A flashback to moments from Duniya Soori’s 2015 Kannada thriller ‘Kendasampige’, about a rich-girl-poor-boy couple chased by corrupt cops. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-kendasampige...Show More Summary

K Balachander’s mise en scène

So this post began as a response to hidnana’s comment in the Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan thread: “even BR was better to treat cinema as visual medium than KB.” (BR as in Bharathiraja.) Then I felt the topic deserved a mini-post (though it really deserves a book). Yes, while scripting, KB thought like a theatre person — […]

“Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum”… A superbly written and acted drama that keeps you guessing constantly

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/thondimuthalum-driksakshiyum-movie-review Pay attention to the first few frames of a Dileesh Pothan movie: there’s a nutshell of the story-to-come. Show More Summary

The Pushkar-Gayatri interview

My video interview with Pushkar and Gayatri, on the eve of the release of Vikram Vedha (that is, provided the theatres remain open). The promos are out first — these are bits that did not make it to the final cut of the interview. The latter will be published early next week. Copyright ©2017 Film […]

“Yaanum Theeyavan”… A thriller plot with potential is derailed by unfocused narration

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/yaanum-theeyavan-movie-review Walking out of Yaanum Theeyavan (I am a Villain Too), directed by Prashanth G Sekar, I was still unclear about the kind of movie I’d just seen. Show More Summary

“Ivan Thanthiran”… An interesting premise where ‘mass’ elements come in the way of genre thrills

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/ivan-thanthiran-movie-review As beginnings go, the one in Ivan Thanthiran (He’s a Wizard) isn’t without intrigue. Sakthi (Gautham Karthik) is being held captive – we don’t know his name yet – and drugs are being shoved up his nose. Show More Summary

“Tubelight”… A lethargic drama where the director seems as “miscast” as the hero

Spoilers ahead… You heard it here first: In a forthcoming film, Salman Khan will play Sita. In Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, the character he played hailed from Ayodhya. In Bajrangi Bhaijaan, he played a Hanuman devotee. Now, in Kabir Khan’s Tubelight – an adaptation of the American drama Little Boy, transposed to Kumaon during the […]

Bitty Ruminations 85

Every time I read an op-ed in an English-language newspaper, every time I sit through a panel discussion at a Lit Fest or any other event, this is what strikes me: that you are preaching to the choir. The people in the audience have already bought into what you’re selling: women need to be respected, […]

The Amateur’s Art #22- “Axiom of Choice” (Tamil, with English subs)

See here for what this series is about. A note about this short: We, Karpanai Kudhirai are a performing arts/theatre enthusiasts from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. We have staged a couple of Tamil plays and struck an excellent chord with the live audience. The response and encouragement we received have spurred us to […]

“Vanamagan”… An amiably silly comic adventure turns into tiresome drama

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/vanamagan-movie-review In the opening scene of Vanamagan (Son of the Forest), an Andamanese tribal named Jara (Jayam Ravi) is captured. Show More Summary

“Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan”… A tiresome star vehicle with a mind-boggling stance on women

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/anbanavan-asaradhavan-adangadhavan-movie-review Most star vehicles give you one hero-introduction scene. Perhaps in acknowledgement of the tripartite nature of the title, Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan gives us three. Show More Summary

A tale of two rejections

A flashback to moments from the 2001 Telugu drama ‘Tiladaanam’, the story of a priest who’s fallen on hard times. Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-tiladaanam KNT Sastry’s...Show More Summary

The Jayam Ravi interview

My video interview with Jayam Ravi, a light-hearted (as in, completely un-serious) Q and A on the eve of the release of Vanamagan. Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.Filed under: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

“Maragatha Naanayam”… Better than your average horror-comedy, but could have been much better

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/maragatha-naanayam-movie-review What would you do if your story began with a prologue in the Pallava period, dealing specifically with...Show More Summary

Talking heads

Ramsu, who has commented here in the past, has a post up about my interviews for Film Companion. FC South is just a few months old and we still have a long way to go, but this was a nice shot in the arm. Excerpt: I wonder if Baradwaj Rangan’s training as an engineer has […]

The Amateur’s Art #21- “Kivi Maathu” (Kannada, with English subs)

See here for what this series is about. This short has been written and directed by Sandeep Kumar. Short Synopsis: Dayanand, a regular waiter at a bar is thrown into turmoil when he gets a call from his wife informing him that their daughter has eloped. The words of wisdom coming from a un-precedented corner […]

Readers Write In #19: Of bandhs and the VCR boom

I was in college in my sophomoron year (sic)  and I’d just discovered the joys of binging on Video cassettes. My  classmate in college was one of the first families to own a VCR (Video cassette Recorder) and I was a regular at his place, watching the old classics as well as the latest releases […]

“Uru”… A pretty entertaining thriller that asks us to make up our own minds

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/uru-movie-review In Vicky Anand’s Uru (Fear), Kalaiyarasan plays a writer named Jeevan. Early on, we see him waiting outside a publisher’s office, sweat trickling down his forehead. Show More Summary

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