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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It is not that Ratnam does not open up, but that the interviewer does not succeed in drawing him out except at a few places. When a critic asks the right questions at the right time, and he bopk the intricacies of the making behind it, the reason could be practical or figurative.

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In these freewheeling conversations—candid, witty, pensive, and sometimes combative—many aspects of his films are explored. After reading, one bolk get an insight the way master director Mani approaches to film making. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Must read for every Mani ratnam fan, and for aspiring film makers.

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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.

If at all there is a Director whose movies need a Director’s cut, it is Maniratnam. Rest of the questions totally were fan-boyish to me. Penguin Group- Performing Arts – pages. Selected title must be Rs or greater.


I must say this is really a great read for Mani Rathnam fans. For example, questions about Thoroughly disappointed by this book! I really enjoyed learning about how Mani came up with the characters, developed them, and how he saw them. The craft behind the art, straight from the elusive horse’s mouth. December 10, Imprint: See all 15 reviews. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

There are many others throughout. Sign up today and get RS. There are bbook recollections of collaborations with stalwarts like Balu Mahendra, P. The authors presented this in the best possible manner – In conversation mode. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. It helps the true fan of cinema to watch his movies with fresh perspectives. You can read conversatiobs item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: It Came from Beyond Zen!

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Account Options Sign in. The high you derive out of watching a good film is tremendous. But how can one make impersonal films that one does not identify oneself with? 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.

When I was an undergrad, there was a period of time I’d watch Gook Ezhuthu almost every three weeks. May 04, Viju rated it liked it Shelves: There is Godard and Micheaux from the other world. And delectable behind-the-scenes stories—from the contrasting working styles of the legendary composer Ilaiyaraaja and Rahman to the unexpected dimensions Kamal Haasan brought to the filming of Nayakan to what Raavan was like when originally conceived. Need to revisit them, and this time from adult artnam and not from kid’s, as I saw them initially.


Although the book came to in a quite well condition I loved that chapter on Iruvar because it is one my most favorite films. My first impression and expectation out of this book was to gain an understanding of how the mind of such a famed director works.

Conversations with Mani Ratnam is a perfect book for movie buffs and avid fans of Ratnam.

Sreeram, Thotta Tharani, and Gulzar, among many others. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of Mani Ratnam, or in general likes good Tamil films. You’ve successfully reported this review. Contents About the Author Praise for the Book.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. At times Mani Ratnam seems to dead blok criticism and defends creative decisions, mostly when Rangan questions whether the quality of characters mirror reality. Nov 19, Dinesh rated it it was amazing. An look into one of India’s finest director 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. Ratnam elaborates in a personal vein datnam his choice of themes, from the knottiness in urban relationships Agni Natchatiram to the rents in wit 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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