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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His writings on cinema, music, art, books, travel and humour have been published in various national magazines like Open, Tehelka, Biblio, Outlook and the Caravan.

He has co-written the screenplay for the Tamil rom-com, Kadhal 2 Kalyanam. He teaches a course on conversarions at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? For the first time ever, Mani Ratnam opens up here, to Baradwaj Rangan, in a series bopk freewheeling conversations–candid, witty, pensive, and sometimes combative–and looks back at these and nineteen other masterly films.

Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan

With Rangan’s personal and impassioned introduction setting the Tamil and national context of the films, and with posters, script pages and numerous stills, Conversations witu a treat for conversatios lovers of cinema as well as the casual moviegoer looking for a peek behind the process.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I am a proud byproduct of Maniratnam era of cinema. In a country of compliance, his characters ratnma truly rebellious against the existing norms without the over wwith heroism.


The sense of common man realism combined with their innate rebellion against the societal norms and traditions has created our generation ones who grew up in 80’s and 90’s who is now paving the way for the next one. The format of this book was easy to digest and Mani does seem to be a master of justification about his characters decisions.

It helps the true fan of cinema to watch his movies with fresh perspectives. While his editing decisions conersations perfectly during the much-restricted, per-liberalized India, they seem to be way off the mark in his recent movies.

If at converstaions there is a Director whose movies need a Director’s cut, it is Maniratnam. I think there needs to be a simple, uncomplicated, clean arch stories like Alaipaayuthe, Anjali, Mouna Raagam for conversatioms masses and a special director’s cut for movies like Yuva Why,why,why would Lallan not return back?

This book is a great journey wtih Mani’s thinking, execution and choices he makes on his movies. A must for any movie fan to understand one of the world’s greatest directors from India!

An excellent book providing insights into the Mani Ratnam way of making movies. Baradwaj Rangan manages to ask wjth right questions most of the times. At times Mani Ratnam seems to dead bat criticism and defends creative decisions, mostly when Rangan questions whether the quality of characters mirror reality. The best parts of the book are when Mani Ratnam takes the conversation forward when describing how some portions convefsations his movies are derived from his own experiences, like the daughter’s signing by the bedside in Guru, and what lead to Bombay and the struggles he faced to release the film.

Slightly disappointed that the book does not have a chapter on Kadal as promised in the cover, but can not ratham. Excellent compilation of the works of Mani Ratnam, my all-time favorite filmmaker ever! It takes a master to know one and to be able to draw one out and Rangan fills in that slot beautifully. One thing though – this is one of those books where a Kindle version will hardly suffice.

You should own a paperback copy that will be part of your prized collection. For Mani Sir’s fans! For people who are ardent Mani Sir’s fans this book helps to know the “grammar” of his films better.


Some good insights conevrsations what he strives to achieve through his films. The conversational format gives an authentic feel that you’re listening to Mani Sir himself and Rangan delivers what he promises! If you love the technical side of Movie Making- don’t miss it and it is a must have for your collection! I must say this is really a great read for Mani Rathnam fans. The authors presented this in the best possible manner – In conversation mode.

Each chapter is almost a subject and made me understand so much about the efforts and thoughts about each scene – convrrsations Nayakan.

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The presentation in conversation mode surely makes it so lovable. Read it and know more rtanam Mani. You wont ever regret this. Inner side of genius. Questions should have been even more intense to open up his techniques and his perspective of filming or seeing things. The book start off well but after first couple of chapters, lost its steam.

Fault us with the author who didn’t ask the right questions. A biographical approach would have been far better. See all 15 reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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