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Our FC South editor, National Award-winning film critic Baradwaj Rangan, brings you weekly reviews of Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada cinema and exclusive interviews with actors and filmmakers. Also read his weekly column Southern Lights for recommendations, updates and essays on cinema.

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Five iconic movies that defined Venkatesh Daggubati. From the swashbuckling Bobbili Raja to Kshanakshanam and beyond. How does your list of favorites compare?


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A look at the superstar’s hero-intro scenes from before he became a superstar


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Rajinikanth made his entry with a dramatic scene in Aboorva Raagangal. But this was still not the mass, hero-entry shot we know from today's masala cinema. So when did Thalaivar first get that kind of shot? (Clue: The year is 1980)


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A look back at a scene from Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s ‘Anantaram’, which turned thirty this year


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Hema Rukmani, the producer of Mersal, explains what a producer does. How Mersal, the Vijay blockbuster directed by Atlee came about. She speaks about her involvement in the various stages of making the film, and about the controversies that came about.


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Milind Rau, the director of Aval, Gruham, The House Next Door talks about the craft involved in directing a horror film. How he alternated between letting the various departments do their own thing and micro-managing it all.


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Should star ratings (terrible as they are) be absolute or relative? Let’s discuss


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It's fascinating how an outsider watches a different film than one familiar with a culture


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