articles by Surendhar MK

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Vijay Sethupathi on being the busiest lead Tamil actor — even during a pandemic

Vijay Sethupathi currently has 25+ films in his kitty, including Laabam that released in theatres last week, Tughlaq Darbar that released on Netflix India this past weekend, and Annabelle Sethupathi, that will release this Friday (17 September) on Disney+ Hotstar Multiplex.

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Navarasa actors Parvathy Thiruvothu, Gautham Menon, Siddharth weigh in on their complex characters in Netflix Tamil anthology

"Have never been given such a concentrated version of an emotion in a screenplay before," says Parvathy Thiruvothu, whose short Innai deals with the emotion of fear.

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Bejoy Nambiar, Karthick Naren, other Navarasa filmmakers on helming films aimed to recreate different emotions

Navarasa directors Bejoy Nambiar, Karthick Naren, Sarjun, Rathindran Prasad open up about how they explored different emotions in their segments in Netflix's Tamil anthology, and collaborating with Mani Ratnam.

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Arya on Sarpatta Parambarai, bringing North Madras boxing culture to screen with Pa Ranjith

"Instead of having boxing as just an element in the story, we have tried to narrate a life in the film," says Arya on Sarpatta Parambarai.

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Over 10 Tamil films eye direct OTT premiere as Kollywood industry remains divided on influx of digital platforms

With Andhagaaram and Mandela making waves on Netflix, films such as Nayanthara’s Netrikann, Vijay Sethupathi’s Tughlaq Darbar, Arun Vijay’s Border, Karthick Naren directorial Naragasooran are now in talks with leading OTT players for direct release

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Tamannaah on Tamil Hotstar Special November Story: Expect a real, raw portrayal unlike my big-screen characters

The crime thriller genre is new to me, so is the web series format. I was happy to explore both through November Story," says Tamannaah, whose show released on Disney+ Hotstar VIP on 20 May in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi.

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How south Indian cinema is boosting theatrical business post COVID-19 with pan-Indian projects

"The collections of South films are closely being tracked in the corridors of leading Bollywood production houses now. The success of Vijay's Master was an eye-opening moment."

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Theatre distributors, analysts weigh in on success of Master, Krack; predict early revival with upcoming big releases

With Vijay's Master success story at the front, theatre distributors predict for a surge at the Indian box office after the disastrous 2020 marred by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Making of Master: Cinematographer Sathyan Sooryan, Stunt Silva, writer Rathna Kumar open up on the blockbuster

In this exclusive feature, key technicians associated with Master reveal their behind-the-scenes working experiences and shaping the most talked about action entertainer.

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Malavika Mohanan, Andrea Jeremiah on Vijay's Master and collaborating with director Lokesh Kanagaraj

Andrea Jeremiah and Malavika Mohanan open up about their experience of being part of Tamil cinema's first major theatrical release in 2021, working with Kollywood's new-gen filmmaker Lokesh Kanagaraj, and sharing the screen with Thalapathy Vijay for the first time.

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With theatres reopening, film trade analysts weigh in on audience footfall and scope for tentpole releases

Film trade experts are confident that the movie-going business will bounce back with the release of event films, but caution that single screens will have to maintain top-notch hygiene precautions in order to survive.

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Keerthy Suresh on Miss India, and whether the spate of women-led films has changed her approach to acting

Keerthy Suresh talks about signing several women-led films post Mahanati, and whether she is considering venturing into the web series format after two consecutive film releases on streaming platforms.

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Putham Pudhu Kaalai: Sudha Kongara, Gautham Menon, Rajiv Menon, Suhasini Mani Ratnam open up on Amazon Prime's Tamil anthology

In an interview with Firstpost, the filmmakers spoke about their experience of shooting the project within a span of 3 days during the coronavirus lockdown.

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The women of Putham Pudhu Kaalai: Kalyani Priyadarshan, Andrea Jeremiah, Ritu Varma on Amazon's first Tamil anthology

Ahead of the release of Putham Pudhu Kaalai, actresses Kalyani Priyadarshan, Andrea Jeremiah, and Ritu Varma talk about their respective short films, working with seasoned filmmakers, and shooting during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Aishwarya Rajesh, director Virumandi talk about Tamil cinema's first pay-per-view model film, Ka Pae Ranasingam

Aishwarya Rajesh and Vijay Sethupathi's Ka Pae Ranasingam will become the first Tamil film to premiere in the digital platform on a pay-per-view model on Zee Plex

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Nishabdam is one of the most intriguing movies that I've been associated with, says R Madhavan

Anushka Shetty and Madhavan's Nishabdham will be the next big film to skip a theatrical release and premiere on Amazon Prime Video on 2 October.

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'Ensuring Dark's continuity was a challenge': Cinematographer Nikolaus Summerer discusses jumping through time

In this exclusive Q&A with Firstpost, Dark cinematographer Nikolaus Summerer talks about crafting a unique visual style for each time period.

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Aditi Rao Hydari on Amazon Prime film Sufiyum Sujatayum: Malayalam industry has huge reach on OTT platforms

In this exclusive interview with Firstpost, Aditi Rao Hydari talks about working in Sufiyum Sujatayum, working with Vijay Sethupathi, Dulquer Salmaan and turning singer for composer-actor GV Prakash.

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Jyotika on taking Ponmagal Vandhal directly to Amazon Prime: OTT platforms 'give content-driven films a deserving audience'

In an exclusive, Jyotika defends the decision of her Tamil courtroom drama Ponmagal Vandhal skipping a theatrical release owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus lockdown could result in surge of film, video piracy with the mushrooming of new illegal sites

The latest search trends and surveys from popular tracking platforms suggest that there's an unprecedented surge in the movie and video piracy.