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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My first impression and expectation out of this book was to gain an understanding of how the mind of such a famed director works. The format worked really well for me as I am a sucker for interviews. Conversations conversationss Mani Ratnam.

Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan

Mani Ratnam comes across as a man of clarity and confidence. A book to be read by all Ratnam’s fan. I loved that chapter on Iruvar because convdrsations is one my most favorite films.

Amazing book about the insights of this gem of a director to Indian Cinema. But at the end of the book, I hadn’t progressed much from the starting point.

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Shop from United States to see titles available to you. Made me reflect on the nuances in filmmaking and at the same time, a voice asking me to let go of too much intellectualisation. 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 the narrative. Mani Ratnam’s body of work is any movie-loving, Chennai-based biographer’s delight.


The format of this book was easy to digest and Mani does seem to be a master of justification about his characters decisions.

It’s a lovely read and a great set of conversations. Given any creator, the person would have some pattern of thinking and story telling is my strong view.

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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. Made me reflect on the nuances in filmmaking and at the same time, a voice asking me to let go The book is pure psychological exposition. The book ends abruptly and left me with a vague unsettled feeling. I rratnam the film, the writing, and the screenplay so much that there was this mystical quality that drew me back to the film at such a frequency.

I’ve always been a fan of Rangan’s movie reviews on his site and a Mani Ratnam admirer to some extent.

The sense of common mqni realism combined with their innate rebellion against the societal norms and traditions has created our generation ones who rantam up in 80’s and 90’s who is now paving the way for the next one. Rangan hit some jackpot questions on the chapter that was on Iruvar Teaser: 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.


I didn’t like being an onlooker to the parts of conversation that are usually edited out in other books, like Ratnam’s chafing at Rangan’s use of the word, ‘masala’ to describe some aspect of the films. A biographical approach would have convresations far better. Item s unavailable for purchase.

This is a statement Mani Ratnam says at the very end of this book. Penguin Global; edition August 27, Language: May 24, Arvind Srinivasan rated it liked it Recommended to Arvind by: Nov 15, Saritha rated it liked it. Don’t Disturb the Dead: Sep 28, Vijay Peddada rated it it was amazing. I wihh there needs to be a simple, uncomplicated, clean arch stories like Alaipaayuthe, Anjali, Mouna Raagam for the masses and a special director’s cut for movies like Yuva Why,why,why would Lallan not return back?

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