Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan from Only Genuine Products. Educational and Professional Books · Academic Texts. For the first time ever, Mani Ratnam opens up here, to Baradwaj Rangan, in a series of freewheeling conversations— candid, witty, pensive, and His writings on cinema, music, art, books, travel and humour have been published in various . This book, unique to Indian cinema, illuminates the genius of the man behind In short, like Mani Ratnam’s films, Conversations surprises.

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Conversations with Mani Ratnam

Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan. Now to spend one weekend watching all his movies one after the other. For someone like me, he made me realize that the amount of thought and detailing that goes into making a movie is something I have definitely taken for granted. Relishing the humorous exchanges between the two and perceiving a director’s slightly teasing outlook of a critic’s process were the hidden gems in the book.

Although the book came to in a quite well condition Trivia About Conversations wit Because, my mind fails to recreate scenes they are talking about from Thalpathi and Nayakan.

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No eBook available Amazon. Oct 02, Ratnzm rated it really liked it. Must read for every Mani ratnam fan, and for aspiring film makers.

In the process, he tries to end up woth questions, a lot of them, which do not really matter to the Mani Ratnam fanboy since he already knows the answers to those questions. I wonder if perhaps it could have been better formatted by shifting Mani Ratnam’s well-written note to the end as a sort of culmination.


I will for sure watch out for the rain, trains, umbrellasdress color and appreciate every detail of it. Educational ratmam Professional Books. When a critic asks the right questions at the right time, and he explains the intricacies of the making behind it, the reason could be practical or figurative.

He even justifies that Iruvar was a plot that we grew up with, and the movement that ratna the youth of the 70s in the South.

Rangan has authored the book Conversations wwith Mani Ratnam. Given any creator, the person would have some pattern of thinking and story telling is my strong view.

Total content is in question and answers format. The poetic way that mani wants to present his scene, use dialogues only when needed and make it powerful when it comes keeping it shortleaving the rest to picture, location, music, nature, voices in background and actors ability to carry it out are something that are fantastic to know.

Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan

Rangan is quite the consummate critic, but either he isn’t a particularly great interviewer or MR is just hard to open up as BR actually complains at one pointso there is often this awkward forced feeling about their conversations especially at the beginning, and Mani Ratnam appears not to have much patience for BR’s “intellectualization” of his movies. We all assume that filmmakers make films inspired by real life events and circumstances, but this film was so flippant and illogical that it mocked at every deified code in the manual of screenplay writing.

The latest news is that he has just started shooting a bilingual in Tamil and Malayalam with Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menon. All movie lovers and Mani ratnam fans. Reading each chapter gives us a feeling of actually watching the movie. Mani elaborates in a personal vein on his choice of themes, from the knottiness in urban relationships Agni Natchatiram to the rents in the national fabric Bombay ; his directing of children Anjali ; his artful use of songs; his innovative use of lighting, as also his making films in Hindi and other languages.


Dec 10, Vidya rated it it was amazing. He has co-written the screenplay for the Tamil rom-com, Kadhal 2 Kalyanam. On reading the book I could realize how difficult it is to envision a movie and how much ground work is required. He teaches a course on cinema at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. Mani Ratnam’s body of work is any movie-loving, Chennai-based biographer’s delight.

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His movie Anjali which explores the relationship of a mentally challenged child with the members of her family and her neighborhood was perhaps the first of its kind in Tamil cinema. Rahman for music and P. The book takes us into the making process of each of his movies and each chapter is dedicated to his movies individually.

A more appropriate title for the book would have been “How Mani Ratnam abstained from killing Baradwaj Rangan”.

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