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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Summary of the Book From groundbreaking movies like Roja to Kadal, each movie of Mani Ratnam has set a new benchmark for other filmmakers. Certified BuyerBaroda. The Q and A format is alright for the most part and Rangan’s questions are insightful. I will for sure watch out for the rain, trains, umbrellasIf you are a big fan of Mani and you enjoyed all his movies, you would love this book. He also says about his association with his colleagues in movie making such as P.

The book is really good read for movie lovers and who are interested in process of movie making.

Conversations with Mani Ratnam

Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan. In these freewheeling conversations—candid, witty, pensive, and sometimes combative—many aspects of his films are explored. Sreeram, Thotta Tharani, and Gulzar, among many others.

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Ratnam discusses, in a very thorough manner, on how he had conceived the theme, story, screenplay, direction, songs, etc of his movies. I have never read a book which talks about movies, so when I was having an eye on this book I was fascinated to pick it up directly. Have doubts regarding this hook


An look into one of India’s finest ratnaam Mani ratnam is one of India’s most brilliant director who brings variety in film making and emphasis on the visual medium and “conversations” instead of dialogues. For someone who has always been in awe of Mr.

There is Linklater and Del Toro and the other awesome etcs. 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.

How else would one get an Ilayaraja, Mahendra etc to sign up for a first bok director on low budget!? If we measure success of a filmmaker with such a yardstick, then Mani Ratnam has certainly made his mark in Indian cinema.

The conversation centered around this movie forms the most interesting and enlightening part of the book.

Fancy what Mani Sir as he is known in the industry circle talks about his brilliant and equally outlandish ‘Thiruda Thirudi’? Still, BR often points out interesting connections within MR’s body of work that Ratnam himself appears not to have noticed. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. You Ask, I Tell. There is Godard and Micheaux from the other world.

Now to spend one weekend watching all his movies one after the other. Go for it you will enjoy it a lot. Mani Ratnam has made some of the most influential movies of our times and can be credited for taking Tamil Cinema to new heights, but this book is not the book to glorify him.


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. It Came from Beyond Zen! To be quite honest, I regard Rangan as one of the best writers on cinema in India for his sheer articulation of subtext.

I am not sure if I am more in awe of Maniratnam for his earthly movies or the author Baradwaj Ranjan for bringing out the best from an otherwise reserved director, perfectly balancing between a fan and a critic. I will for sure watch out for the rain, trains, umbrellasdress color and appreciate every detail of it.

This book, unique to Indian cinema, illuminates the genius of the man behind these and eighteen other masterly films.

Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan

Certified BuyerCoimbatore. Ratings and Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. Want to Read saving…. Nov 19, Dinesh rated it it was amazing. For the first time ever, Mani Ratnam opens up here, to Baradwaj Rangan, about his art, as well as nook May 04, Viju rated it liked it Shelves: For the first time ratanm, Mani Ratnam opens up here, to Baradwaj Rangan, about his art, as well as his life before films.

Conversations with Mani Ratnam.