FC South

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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A breakdown of recurring themes and motifs in the award-winning Tamil filmmaker’s cinema


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A deep dive into moments from the 2010 Telugu political drama Leader, where an idealist becomes Chief Minister and sets out to eliminate corruption


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In this conversation with Baradwaj Rangan, Dhanush unravels his craft as one of the most versatile film personalities of the country.


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On the eve of the release of Kaatru Veliyidai, Film Companion brings you the most definitive interview yet with Mani Ratnam, a director who has been at the top of his game for over three decades. Our FC South editor Baradwaj Rangan quizzes the legendary filmmaker on the intricacies of his craft and writing process.


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The auteur tells Baradwaj Rangan about his retelling of the Mahabharata in the 1991 film Thalapathy. In this passage, he speaks about directing superstar Rajinikanth and decodes some of the key moments in the film  


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A deep dive into moments from the 2014 Kannada neo-noir drama Ulidavaru Kandante, which details the search for a man through the people who knew him


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A deep dive into moments from the 2016 Telugu rom-com Pelli Choopulu, which is as much about finding a life partner as finding oneself.


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A deep dive into moments from the 2016 Kannada drama Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu, which is about finding a father. And finding out about a father


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