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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Safe and Secure Payments. I loved that chapter on Iruvar because it is one my most favorite films. You’ve successfully reported this review. Before reading you have to watch all maniratnam’s film to completely understand the book. By resourceful I mean he makes the audience see things in movies that they might not have observed as such. For the first time ever, Mani Ratnam opens up here, to Baradwaj Rangan, about his art, as well as his life before films. Makes you feel like watching his movies again n again.

He tries to rwtnam the same with the usually reticent director and mostly succeeds in capturing the candidness, which is something other ‘journalists’ have failed in.

Maybe that is how he is. Full points to Baradwaj Wirh for working on something like this and as a fanboy of the director, I thank him for coming up with this book.

Mani Ratnam’s self-professed intellectualisation of something that was an instinctive creative process is wonderful as one discovers some of the back stories that don’t make it in the final cut, but are integral to the emotional honesty of th I’ve edited this review after almost two months of trying to articulate it in so many ways.

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You Ask, I Tell. Still, BR often points out interesting connections within MR’s body of work that Ratnam himself appears not to have noticed. When I was an undergrad, there was a period of time I’d watch Aayutha Ezhuthu almost every three weeks.

The format worked really well for me as I am a sucker for interviews. 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.


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At the end of the book, I am left with a mass of trivia that I can flaunt about knowing and some deep insightful passages that leads me to believe that it was tough getting up what looks effortless on screen. Contents About the Author Praise for the Book.

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Being me, who has watched most of his movies while growing up, I was able to blend well with their convos. As someone who’d read even if Mani Ratnam was retelling stale news, this book was a delight to read. With a dedicated chapter for each of his films, this book is full of honest insights about the filmmaker’s craft and process and it leaves you awe-struck in the sense that you realize that after all, Mani Ratnam is the filmmaker who he is only because of his dedication and passion for film making.

What I find hard to believe is that Ratnam, Rangan do not acknowledge the fact that being from a filmy family one definitely has the safety net and the contacts, help needed whenever one needed to reach out to perhaps anyone in any department.

First Day, Last Show. Be the first to ask a question about Conversations with Mani Ratnam. One of the directors who has always been in the limeLight for technical excellence, showing different forms people and as well being critic for touching up on sensitive issues.

Conversations with Mani Ratnam

His movie Concersation 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. The Q and A format is alright for the most part and Rangan’s questions are insightful.

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Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan

Account Options Sign in. While we were making a really so-called short film at college, it kind of struck me how difficult this process of filmmaking is, and how some directors have made filmmaking look so effortless and palatable. The Dev Anand Story. I will for witth watch out for the rain, trains, umbrellasIf you are a big fan of Sith and you enjoyed all his movies, you would love this book.

Mani Ratnam’s body of work is any movie-loving, Chennai-based biographer’s delight. There are fond recollections of collaborations with stalwarts like Balu Mahendra, P. Ratnam 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 of films in Hindi and other languages.

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The equivalent of Harsha Bhogle talking to Ian Chappell at the end of day’s play. If we measure success of a filmmaker with such a yardstick, then Mani Ratnam has certainly made his mark in Indian cinema.

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Mani Ratnam comes across as a man of clarity and confidence. Women In Hindi Cinema, Sreeram, Cinversation Tharani, and Gulzar, among many others. Nov 19, Dinesh rated it it was amazing. Selected pages Title Page. This book features chapter long conveersation with the film maker on each of his movies from the first one up until Ravan an.

The book dealt with his movies in the order they released and that gave me a window to observe how Mani had grown with time, or at least how he reflected on his growth.