articles by Subha J Rao

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Yuvarathnaa movie review: Puneeth Rajkumar film on Amazon Prime Video promises a lot, delivers very little

By now, you know some tentpole films not just call for willing suspension of disbelief but vociferously demand it. Puneeth Rajkumar's film evidently falls in the latter category.

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Hero movie review: Rishab Shetty, Ganavi Laxman are gloriously over-the-top in a riot of comedy, action and romance

It's difficult to summarise the exact story of Hero; but when you leave the theatre, you feel like thanking the makers for giving you a hearty laugh, even if from behind a mask.

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Director M Bharath Raj, actor-producer Rishab Shetty on the making of Kannada film Hero during lockdown

Director M Bharath Raj, actor and producer Rishab Shetty and stunt choreographer Vikram Mor speak about making a full-length commercial Kannada movie during the pandemic, and the challenges it posed.

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I am yet to get over Paava Kadhaigal; it's an intense film and I fully became my character: Sai Pallavi

Sai Pallavi, who plays the lead in the segment directed by Vetri Maaran for Netflix anthology Paava Kadhaigal, speaks about her acting process, still being surprised by audience acceptance and the awe Prakash Raj’s performances elicit.

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Sudha Kongara, Vetri Maaran, Vignesh Shivan, Gautham Vasudev Menon on 'liberation' they felt while making Paava Kadhaigal

The makers behind Netflix's Tamil anthology Paava Kadhaigal speak about going against the grain, sticking to certain motifs, and more, in this interview.

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Arishadvarga movie review: Arvind Kamath's thriller warrants multiple viewings for its delicious complexity

What happens when characters struggle with their base instincts and seek light and redemption? Arvind Kamath’s delicious thriller is worth multiple watches.

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RJ Balaji opens up on his Diwali release Mookuthi Amman: 'We have created some really powerful characters'

Mookuthi Amman, going by the trailer, seeks to push the narrative on what devotion means. It also speaks about issues such as the mental health within the elderly.

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Bheemasena Nalamaharaja review: Karthik Saragur's film throws spotlight on great-looking food, but is ultimately bland

Bheemasena Nalamaharaja is not bad on flavour, but I’m quite looking forward to seeing what this director has to offer next.

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Tracing the culture of anthologies in Tamil cinema, from Penn to Paava Kathaigal

Back-to-back anthologies in Tamil on major OTT platforms trigger nostalgia for where it all began, on Doordarshan and the early days of satellite television.

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A laugh here, a sigh there: Remembering SP Balasubrahmanyam's unique musical style

How SP Balasubrahmanyam lent his unique musical style to multiple leading men, from Arvind Swamy in Minsara Kanavu, to Rajinikanth in Thambikku Entha Ooru, to, more recently, Dhanush in Vetri Maaran’s Aadukalam.

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Comicstaan Semma Comedy Pa On Amazon Prime Video: All about sketches that work, and educate

Comicstaan Semma Comedy Pa might resemble hugely popular comedy shows on regional television. But that is an opinion you’ll retain if you only skim the surface.

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Comedian 'Aiyyo Shraddha' opens up on her multilingual comedy sets and gaining pan-Indian popularity

Before her instagram comedy sets became vastly popular, Shraddha dabbled with radio and TV, and was part of the OTT space with a memorable role as Vasu the PG owner in Amazon Prime Video's Pushpavalli.

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Fahadh Faasil on shooting C U Soon during the lockdown: 'It pushed me to get back to work'

For some years now, audiences across the country, and not just the South, have been waiting to see what Fahadh Faasil will do next. His upcoming film, C U Soon, premieres on Amazon Prime Video on 1 September.

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Danish Sait, makers of French Biryani talk about taking their Bengaluru comedy to Amazon Prime Video

Danish Sait, the lead actor of French Biryani, talks about his viral lockdown series, and how his new film is all things Bengaluru.

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Coronavirus outbreak has shaken up Kannada film industry; how directors, producers, actors are coping with the crisis

As many as four big Kannada films were scheduled to release from April to September had the coronavirus outbreak not compelled the industry to shut shop.

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Desi Sherlock Holmes? Kannada film Shivaji Surathkal has the potential to turn into a successful franchise

Multi-faceted Sandalwood actor Ramesh Aravind sinks his teeth into a role tailor-written for him, in Shivaji Surathkal: The Case of Ranagiri Rahasya.

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Teju Belawadi on Gantumoote, rare Kannada film that celebrates its female gaze: 'Internal conflicts are my forte'

What has appealed to most about Kannada film Gantumoote is its distinct female gaze, powered by the performance of Teju Belawadi and the direction of Roopa Rao.

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Karthi on working with Lokesh Kanagaraj in Kaithi: I accept a film because something about it strikes a chord with me

In an interview with Firstpost, actor Karthi talks about a film that is self-admittedly close to his heart: Kaithi.