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Conversations with Mani Ratnam. Baradwaj Rangan. This book, unique to Indian cinema, illuminates the genius of the man behind these and eighteen other masterly films. For the first time ever, Mani Ratnam opens up here, to Baradwaj Rangan, about his art, as well as his life before films. In these freewheeling conversations—candid, witty, pensive, and sometimes combative—many aspects of his films are explored.
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 his making of films in Hindi and other languages. There are fond recollections of collaborations with stalwarts like Balu Mahendra, P. Sreeram, Thotta Tharrani and Gulzar, among many others.
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. Dedication ForewordA R Rahman. IntroductionBaradwaj Rangan.
Agni Natchatiram. Thiruda Thiruda. About the Author Praise for the Book.
Excerpt: Conversations With Mani Ratnam
It can only be called serendipity. A journalist wants to write a book on Mani Ratnam. The filmmaker is famously reticent. So the critic decides to do a book on his films - "a mass of analysis and deconstruction" - for want of a better option.
Review: Conversations with Mani Ratnam
A sumptuous treat for serious lovers of cinema as well as the casual moviegoer! This wonderful book is a tribute to his genius. Personalized foreword by a. The author is a national award winning film critic. This book, unique for indian cinema, illuminates the genius of the man behind these and eighteen other masterly films. For the first time ever, mani ratnam opens up here to baradwaj rangan, about his art, as well as his life before films.