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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.


25 years ago, on Deepavali, we saw the release of a film that Kamal Haasan wrote and acted in -- Thevar Magan, which became one of his biggest blockbusters. In this video essay, Baradwaj Rangan takes a look at the things that make the film so special. From the cast (Kamal Haasan, Sivaji Ganesan, Revathy, Gautami, Nasser, Vadivelu) to the music (Ilayaraja), cinematography (PC Sreeram) and direction (Bharathan).


Nithilan Swaminathan (Kurangu Bommai) and Lokesh Kanagaraj (Maanagaram) talk about being new-gen directors. The challenges. How they learnt their craft. About compromises and finding producers like SR Prabhu and more.


AR Murugadoss walks down memory lane, and talks about picking heroes for his stories. He also talks about how Mohanlal doesn't worry about camera angles, how it's easy to write a story with Rajinikanth in mind, on why there's no pk or Dangal in Kollywood and more


NTR Jr talks about his childhood, the influence which his grandfather NT Rama Rao has had on him, facing failures and how he couldn't handle fame at the age of 22, on how he interpreted his role as a modern day Ravana in Jai Lava Kusa, on how his son Abhay Ram changed his life, on turning TV host for Bigg Boss Telugu, and on why he gets so emotional while talking to his fans


Ahead of the release of Jai Lava Kusa, we look back at some of the superstar's defining moments in films like Janatha Garage, Student No. 1 and Yamadonga


Anu Hasan talks about doing stunts, not doing the same roles, on whether she discusses her career with Mani Ratnam, Suhasini and Kamal Haasan, on nepotism and her famous surname, on playing sisters and mothers, and on the culture shock between foreign and Indian productions


Ahead of the release of Kathanayagan, Vishnu Vishal talks about wanting to be a mass hero & Catherine Tresa talks about still being in the process of increasing her Tamil vocabulary.


Selvaraghavan talks about his films, including the ones that did not take off with Ajith, Vijay and Simbu. He talks more on why people think of Guna when they see Kaadhal Kondain, about the problems he faced during Irandam Ulagam.