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Lijo Jose Pellissery On Creating The ‘Wild And Raw’ Jallikattu, India’s Official Entry To The Oscars

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The Film Federation of India has announced that Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Malayalam film Jallikattu will be India’s official entry to the Oscars. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019, is based on S Hareesh’s short story Maoist and stars Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose and Sabumon Abdusamad. At a …

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10 Feel Good Movies Streaming On Netflix

10 Feel Good Movies Streaming On Netflix, Film Companion

Through the year we’ve curated multiple movie-recommendation lists, from comedies, trilogies and horror flicks to documentaries, sexy movies and beyond. But sometimes what you need is lighter fare. Comfort watches that are reliable, have repeat value and that you can always count on to lift your spirits. From unforgettable underdog …

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How Soumitra Chatterjee Modelled Feluda on Satyajit Ray

How Soumitra Chatterjee Modelled Feluda on Satyajit Ray, Film Companion

Feluda is trending, for different reasons. Last week, there was an announcement that the indigenously developed paper strip test for Covid 19, named after Satyajit Ray’s iconic detective series, is going to be rolled out in 8 Indian cities. (With the acronym standing for FNCas9 Editor-Limited Uniform Detection Assay, it …

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Durgamati The Myth On Amazon Prime Trailer Talk: A Possessed Bhumi Pednekar Nails Her Hand To The Wall In This Telugu Horror Film Remake

Durgamati The Myth On Amazon Prime Trailer Talk: A Possessed Bhumi Pednekar Nails Her Hand To The Wall In This Telugu Horror Film Remake, Film Companion

Based on the Telugu horror film Bhaagamathie (2018) starring Anushka Shetty (also known for its wonderful song, Mandaara) Durgamati starring Bhumi Pednekar is also directed by G Ashok. He joins the ranks of South Indian film-makers who re-make their films in Hindi themselves- Gautham Menon (Ekk Deewana Tha), Sandeep Reddy …

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The Shakespearean Kaliyattam: Othello And Goddesses In North Malabar

The Shakespearean Kaliyattam: Othello And Goddesses In North Malabar, Film Companion

When “All the world’s a stage” to the bard, Indian cinema is no exception. Adapting Shakespeare’s work into the Indian ethos has always held its own charm. Cinemas of India have always been overarchingly Shakespearean in their temperament, featuring star-crossed lovers, disapproving families, conniving villains, love triangles, comedy, convenient coincidences …

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Dark 7 White On ALT Balaji and Zee5 Wears Its Stupidity, Its Sexuality, And Its Rotten Swag On Its Sleeve

Dark 7 White On ALT Balaji and Zee5 Wears Its Stupidity, Its Sexuality, And Its Rotten Swag On Its Sleeve

Director: Sattwik Mohanty, Preya HirjiWriter: Pranjal Saxena, Shashank Kunwar, Mohinder Pratap Singh, Mayuri RoychoudhuryCast: Sumeet Vyas, Monica Chaudhary, Taniya Kalra, Nidhi Singh, Jatin Sarna, Kunj Anand, Shekhar ChowdharyStreaming Platform: ALT Balaji, Zee5 There’s a certain hideous bravado to Dark 7 White. Bravado because you must have gun-powder guts to make …

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Crown?

The Crown Season 4 On Netflix Is Diana’s World And We’re All Just Living In It, Film Companion

Information What is it about The Crown that has us so hooked? Is it the historical accuracy? The formidable casting? The pleasures of following the lavish lives of monarchs? The guilty pleasure of watching great drama that we know to be rooted in reality? Who knows. But, with the recent …

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Both The Audience And Filmmakers Are Opening Themselves To A Different Kind Of Telugu Cinema: Vinod Anantoju Of Middle Class Melodies

Both The Audience And Filmmakers Are Opening Themselves To A Different Kind Of Telugu Cinema: Vinod Anantoju Of Middle Class Melodies

Middle Class Melodies, which premiered on Amazon Prime Video, has charmed viewers, taking them into the world of Bombay Chutney and love for Guntur. In a conversation with Baradwaj Rangan, director Vinod Anantoju and actors Anand Deverakonda and Varsha Bollamma speak about the process of making the film. Excerpts.  For …

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Visaranai, On Netflix: An Introspective Interrogation

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Systemic corruption and violence in agencies such as the police has been a long-time favourite subject of filmmakers in India. Vetrimaaran, through Visaranai, has managed to go beyond a mere bird’s-eye view, portraying an honest tale of custodial violence as well as political pressures on the police.Having seen and heard …

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