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Readers Write In #25: A Tropical Sojourn

The following is a note from Anand Raghavan… Hi BR, Poetry is one of the most expressive forms of art. From time immemorial humans have captured all facets of their life across the world in this form. In this book, it is effectively used as a medium to capture the beauty of nature and life […]

Readers Write In #24: Amar Akbar Anthony – Mother India’s children

I don’t like to repeat authors for Readers Write In, but I guess the timeliness was a factor in this piece. Also, have been remiss in posting these (and the Amateur’s Art shorts). Will resume this now. Amar Akbar Anthony (AAA from now on) completes 40 this year. To talk about the greatness of AAA […]

“Chennaiyil Oru Naal – 2.”… A silly thriller that barely remembers why Part 1 worked

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/chennayil-oru-naal-2 Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2 (A Day in Chennai – Part 2), directed by JPR, is an oddly named sequel. The events of Part 1 took place in Chennai. This film unfolds in Coimbatore. But that’s the least of its problems. The story gets going […]

“Meyaadha Maan”… A ‘rooted romcom’ with a few problems, but the filmmaking more than compensates

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/meyaadha-maan How does love happen? This process — part-chemical, part-emotional — is easier to write about in a novel (“he felt this”, “she felt that”) than show in the movies, especially if you don’t want to resort to spoon-feeding dialogue. It becomes trickier — as […]

“Dayavittu Gamanisi”… An intermittently affecting anthology about the journey that is life

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/dayavittu-gamanisi-movie-review Rohit Padaki’s Dayavittu Gamanisi (Your Attention Please) opens with a train pulling into a station, and the last scene shows a train leaving the station. Show More Summary

“Mersal”… Vijay lords over a movie that’s better than “Bairavaa”, but is that enough?

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/mersal-movie-review With Mersal (Astonishment), director Atlee continues with his mission to simultaneously giganticise and deflavourise beloved older films. Show More Summary

25 years of Thevar Magan

Here’s a video essay I did on Thevar Magan, which was released 25 Deepavalis ago. (Gulp! How time flies!) Coming on Thursday. My chat with Santosh Sivan. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2017 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: Cinema: Tamil

Interview: Nithilan Swaminathan / Lokesh Kanagaraj, directors of Kurangu Bommai / Maanagaram

This is a chat with two young directors who have really strong views on the films they want to make and how stars can help. Copyright ©2017 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: Cinema: Tamil, Interview

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (BehindWoods)

Another interview, with Maathevan of Behindwoods. Copyright ©2017 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: Cinema, Interview, Personal

“The Silence”… A quieter addition to this year’s roster of dramas around rape

Spoilers ahead… Manda (Kadambari Kadam) is one of the many extras on the fringes of filmdom, as replaceable as the next one, but one thing sets her apart: she won’t sleep with the agent to get ahead. He insists. She protests. She says she’s here to be an actress, not a whore. Given how the […]

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (FullyFilmy)

It was fun being interviewed by Abishek at Fully Filmy. Here it is: Copyright ©2017 Film Companion. Advertisements Filed under: Cinema, Interview, Personal

“Solo”… A quartet of stories that has its moments, but not enough to conceal its flaws

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/solo-movie-review Bejoy Nambiar’s Solo is an anthology of four shorts, anchored by Dulquer Salmaan in four flavours (had the actor been a newcomer, this would have been a heck of a showreel). Show More Summary

“Ramaleela”… An okayish, inadvertently meta political thriller that blurs the line between reel and real

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/ramaleela-movie-review Arun Gopy’s Ramaleela (Rama’s Play) was conceived and completed before its leading man, Dileep, was arrested for plotting the kidnap and assault of an actress — so what we see on screen is not intentionally meta. But meta it certainly is. How can you […]

Readers Write In #23: MANK’s love affair with the movies

For as long as i can remember, I have been in love with movies. My movie tastes may have evolved over a period of time, but I can’t remember  a period in my life when i wasn’t fascinated by them.  It has been one constant in my ever changing life. I don’t exactly […]

“Judwaa 2.”… A bloated, unfunny remake, barely kept afloat by its star

Spoilers ahead… The dilemma with reviewing David Dhawan’s Judwaa 2 is this: When so little effort has been expended on the film, how much should one expend on the review? Oh, there’s a lot of logistical effort, all right — all the work it takes to make a Bollywood film big and bright and splashy. […]

“Karuppan”… A collection of cliches that the leading man does his best to salvage

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/karuppan-movie-review There’s one interesting quirk in R Panneerselvam’s Karuppan: the songs that are referenced throughout. At a time most films are content to make the mandatory nod to Vijay and Ajith (and we do get that here, with bits of Aaluma doluma and Chella kutti), […]

“Hara Hara Mahadevaki”… A dreadful “adult comedy” that’s neither all that adult nor much of a comedy

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/hara-hara-mahadevaki-movie-review Hara Hara Mahadevaki, which advertises itself proudly as an adult comedy, opens with a politician who wants to become Chief Minister by bombing… something. Show More Summary

“Spyder”… A pretty decent god-vs-demon tale,with a solid hero and a spectacular villain

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/spyder-movie-review The pre-interval stretch of Spyder may be the best thing AR Murugadoss wrote and directed. It has the resonance of myth. We witness the birth of the villain, the birth of Evil, in a graveyard — a cut whisks us from the wails of […]

“Parava”… A movie with a lot of heart, but marred by two conflicting narratives

Spoilers ahead… Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/parava-movie-review How do you steal a fish from someone’s house and bring it back to yours, with no equipment but a pair of bicycles? Soubin Shahir’s Parava (Bird) – written by Shahir and Muneer Ali – opens with the answer, and during this stretch, cinematographer […]

Readers Write In #22: My Views – In Questions

Those wishful words! Those hopeful eyes! Those words spoken by the young girl who ended her life recently wasn’t just broken English, it was broken dreams. The thought of a young life rich with the potential of good deeds and actions ended by just a piece of cloth causes great pain to me. No explanation […]

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