Indian subcontinent nations erupted out of a kind of dark age, enforced by British colonialism. Most often, we don't recognize legends during their making. 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. Because, my mind fails to recreate scenes they are talking about from Thalpathi and Nayakan. Mani Ratnam and the films that he has made, this book actually cuts through all the mystique that I had had constructed around this man.
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The answers Ratnam gives are equally evasive and does not add much to a person who reads the interview.
Most often, we don't recognize legends during their making. And I so wish Goodreads comes up with the 0.
Share Tweet Submit Pin. Perhaps I was too critical, but coonversation kind of questions that the noted critic Rangan asks is quite childish! The preparations they undertook in studying the subject at hand and also how the child actors got ready for their roles. Sreeram, Rajiv Menon, Ilayaraja, A.
Conversations with Mani Ratnam
When I was an undergrad, there ragnam a period of time I'd watch Aayutha Ezhuthu almost every three weeks. He says he likes to capture how we are today.
The only reason I picked up this book was because I have seen almost all his movies and I am a big fan. There are very few out there can write better than Rangan. Rural village life, strongly hierarchical, discourages the concept of individual identity.
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Jan 14, Vignesh rated it really liked it. Oct 23, Suriya Gayathri rated it really liked conversatkon. Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan. Apr 16, Varadha Rajan rated it really liked it. However, one has great expectations from an acclaimed critic and a critically acclaimed director no wordplay thereand this book barely meets convetsation expectations.
A meticulous and in-depth interview by Baradwaj Rangan with the ace filmmaker on his craft and creativity.
Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan
He believes in ebbs and flows and movements and "having a gap between two emotional peaks because a valley is always woth between two mountains", and sometimes likes to interpret too. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I didn't like being an onlooker to the parts of conversation that are usually converssation out in other books, like Ratnam's chafing at Rangan's use of the word, 'masala' to describe some aspect of the films. Mani Ratnam's body of work is any movie-loving, Chennai-based biographer's delight.
Western societies gradually adapt and change with the demands of each generation. This book has also changed my point of view on Mani's films. Sreeram, Thotta Tharrani cnversation Gulzar, among many others. Donversation into the motives of the characters and the dynamics of reel relationships, so much is thrown wide open. In this book, time and again, Mani Ratnam underlines the enormous responsibilities that he had to shoulder in making a film as a director.
Somehow, along the way, the dancing transformed from Bengali into Hindi. In these freewheeling conversations, candid, witty, pensive, and sometimes combative, many aspects of his films are explored.
I said more wows reading about these converation from the creator's viewpoint than when I actually saw those. W read about them, and dissect their techniques. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Golden Sojourn in Bollywood Wonderland. 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 convfrsation making of films in Hindi and other languages.
He never looked back. Hopefully, this captures some of the confusion in reviewing the book.