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“Magalir Mattum”… This women’s-lib drama is a much-needed movie, and should have been a much better movie

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/magalir-mattum-movie-review One of the best scenes in Magalir Mattum begins with a housewife — Subbulakshmi (Saranya Ponvannan) — speaking to a camera, making an ad. Show More Summary

“Thupparivalan”… An entertaining mystery, even if it engages the head more than the heart

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/thupparivalan-movie-review The last time Mysskin made a movie with a big-name hero (Jeeva), we got the underwhelming Mugamoodi. Will the...Show More Summary

“Daddy”… A barrelful of gangster clichés makes for a stylish but been-there-done-that biopic

Spoilers ahead… The “Smoking Kills” warning has rarely looked as ridiculous as in Ashim Ahluwalia’s Daddy, where nary a soul is lost to cancer. A minister is shot through the head, and his brains become splatter art on his dining table. Someone else lies sprawled in the open, as his corpse is nibbled at by […]

“Neruppuda”… A not-bad masala movie helped by constant twists

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/neruppuda-movie-review In the opening scenes, Ashok Kumar’s Neruppu Da (Fire!) lives up to that title. A carelessly tossed matchstick results in a blaze that begins to consume several houses. Show More Summary

“Kathanayagan”… An “entertainer” that can’t decide how exactly to entertain you

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/kathanayagan-movie-review Thambidurai (Vishnu Vishal) is in love with Kanmani (Catherine Tresa). Her father is not in love with the idea of Thambidurai as a son-in-law. So Kanmani hatches a plan. When Thambidurai is alone at home, sleeping, she sneaks in and lies next to him. […]

“Kadhal Kasakuthaiya”… A love story that doesn’t know what to do with its odd premise

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/kadhal-kasakuthaiya-movie-review Dwarakh Raja’s Kadhal Kasakkudhaiya (Love is Bitter) opens with a statement: “Tall guys and short girls...Show More Summary

Film Companion – South

So this is a plug for Film Companion South. Earlier, all videos from this part of the country were uploaded on the Film Companion YouTube page. Now, we’ve decided to have a separate page for the interviews in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam (have you seen the Prithviraj interview yet?). Do subscribe and spread the […]

“Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela”… A warm, wholesome, funny movie about an unexpectedly tragic subject

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/njandukalude-nattil-oridavela-movie-review Consider the eighty-year-old patriarch (KL Anthony) of the Chacko clan in Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela (An Interval in the Land of Crabs). Show More Summary

Interview: Vishnu Vishal / Catherine Tresa

This was a light chat with Vishnu Vishal and Catherine Tresa, on the promotion circuit of Kathanayagan. I was pleasantly surprised by the candour with which he handled the “mass” question, and she handled the skin-colour question. Quotes from the interview: Vishnu Vishal: Everyone wants to become a mass hero. If I say no, I am […]

“Adam Joan”… A completely underwhelming thriller that’s more an exercise in empty style

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/adam-joan-movie-review When a bloody hand crawls to the dashboard of a vehicle parked in what appears to be the middle of nowhere — though it’s actually someplace in Scotland — the pulse quickens. This is the opening scene of Jinu V Abraham’s Adam Joan, and […]

“Pullikkaran Stara”… A directionless ramble about the life and loves of a middle-aged man

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/pullikkaran-staraa-movie-review Pullikaran Stara (The Gentleman is a Star), directed by Shyamdhar, begins well enough. An army man, unable to take any more of the Indo-Pak war, returns home, to Idukki — and it turns out that it was the separation from his wife he was […]

“Kurangu Bommai”… A beautifully crafted tale of crime and collateral damage

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/kurangu-bommai-movie-review LLike Maangaram earlier this year, Nithilan Swaminathan’s Kurangu Bommai (Monkey Doll) comes with a caveat: you have to buy the coincidences. Show More Summary

Interview: Selvaraghavan (15 years)

Coming tomorrow. My video interview with Selvaraghavan, who completes 15 years as a filmmaker. https://www.youtbe.com/watch?v=hUt4W1zMbeo Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.Filed under: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

“Baadshaho”… A dreary heist thriller that can’t even be bothered to stage some decent action

Spoilers ahead… In Milan Luthria’s Baadshaaho, Ileana D’Cruz plays Rani Gitanjali Devi, who rules over a small part of Rajasthan. She begins an affair with her bodyguard, Bhawani (Ajay Devgn). During a song, she goes up to the terrace of her palace — Bhawani is waiting for her. She walks up to him, drops her […]

“Puriyaadha Pudhir”… A watchable mystery-thriller that needed to be tighter, more atmospheric

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/puriyaatha-puthir-movie-review Vijay Sethupathi is such a star today (I can still hear the whistles from his sensational introduction scene in Vikram Vedha) that it’s had to believe he was once just a fresh-faced actor. Show More Summary

“Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”… Not as snappy as the original, but a lot of fun nonetheless

Spoilers ahead… RS Prasanna’s Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, a remake of his Tamil hit Kalyana Samayal Sadham, has many jokes — but none funnier than the name of its leading man, played by Ayushmann Khurrana (who continues to spin astonishing variations on the persona of the not-quite-macho man). The name is Mudit, which anagrams with “tumid” […]

“Arjun Reddy”… A coming-of-rage drama which digs deep, rings true

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/arjun-reddy-movie-review The southern film industries are apparently in a race to tell stories about clean-shaven college boys who lose their love, gain a beard, and spend the rest of the film not just battling inner demons but also making a running joke of the CBFC’s […]

“Babumoshai Bandookbaaz”… An anything-goes genre hybrid that’s totally nuts, and totally entertaining

Spoilers ahead… If you love RD Burman’s songs from Amar Prem, I’d advise you to skip the first few minutes of Kushan Nandy’s Babumoshai Bandookbaaz. An early scene has a hitman named Babu Bihari (a terrifically sleazy Nawazuddin Siddiqui) heading to the fields with a radio and a Dalda can filled with water. He squats, taking […]

The RS Prasanna interview

COMING SOON: My video interview with RS Prasanna, on taking Kalyana Samayal Sadham to Bollywood. Copyright ©2017 Film Companion.Filed under: Cinema: Hindi, Cinema: Tamil, Interview

“Sniff”… A fantastic premise, a missed opportunity

Spoilers ahead… Would food taste as good if you couldn’t smell it? This isn’t the kind of existential question that you’d think would plague a child – Sunny (Khushmeet Gill) – but the boy has no sense of smell, and his grandmother (known, simply, as bebe, and played by Surekha Sikri) is devastated. The film […]

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