Baradwaj Rangan is a film critic and Senior Deputy Editor at The Hindu. He won the National Award (Swarna Kamal) for Best Film Critic in 2005. His writings on cinema, music, art, books, travel and humour have been published in various 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 cinema at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.

Baradwaj has contributed to various anthologies, the most recent being an essay in Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation. His first book, Conversations with Mani Ratnam, was published by Penguin in 2012. His second book, Dispatches From the Wall Corner, was published by Westland in 2014.

— 28 May, 2015

13 thoughts on “About

  1. I was reading this and thought in my mind .. were you in the theatre with a pen and a paper.. or wait maybe a notebook or an Ipad… and if you hadn’t .. hats off to you for remembering even the minutest details.. but of course I didnt notice you were with the Indian Express and a well known critic!!
    You echoed the same feelings I had … mixed feelings and an headache!!


  2. ur article on the interview with Bombay Jayashree was beautiful…. I might not be able to sing like her but I totally understand when she says that she loves music more than God…


  3. BR: Please update the About section now that the second book is out.

    The new look (FlamingText) is making me cry. I will look elsewhere when you try out these things, meanwhile please try to find something subtle.


  4. The inclined angle of your name over a straight line is severely distracting and there is part of ‘B’ peeping, on the right.


  5. Flamboyance is not a great idea. In fact, I would be better pleased if your site resembled a really drab technical site. It will make it even easier for me to loiter around here without suspicion. But that is just me. ;)

    The current theme is alright, thougt I liked one of the themes that looked like a sort of grid.

    BTW, The date in the about section is still wrong. :D

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  6. Here I was, wondering about the date, having landed here after the wiki query elsewhere and Rahini seems to have just divined my thoughts. And yes, flamboyance, especially in visual presentation, would seem so not you, besides being taxing on the eyes.


  7. Hey, the Man’s Manual says that I’m reaching the age where I should be buying a Ferrari or banging my secretary. Since neither of that’s happening, I’m fooling around with the blog. A little understanding is all I ask :-)

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  8. Well, when you’ve made such an ironclad case for yourself, there’s nothing to argue about. But then, a lot of folks check out your blog in their office hours and so, maybe that’s worth some consideration! No vested interest for me in this, though. No office hours, and I usually read your blog from my mobile. Still… just saying. :)


  9. Mr.rangan,

    I have first read your article an year ago where your article about watching the telecast of Oscars in the Hindu and I had this instant feeling of happiness and gratification of reading something that was so different from the usual cookie clutter articles that we read in the papers daily. I just wanted to read more of your writings but to my dismay, I could not find them in the hindu. and this summer after I passed out of school, I stumbled upon your blog and started reading, no, devouring your reviews and articles. It also helped that I started reading your works after I begin to be more and more interested in cinema as an art and was equally intrigued by the processes that go behind making cinema. your writings gave me wonderful insights on writing and cinema, the two interests that I hold close to my heart. unlike other critics in the business, whose reviews I read just for the sake of knowing how good or bad the movies, I have found myself reading your reviews just for the sheer joy of consuming your works of art. and you have literally shaped my thinking of cinema and writing. I just want to say thank you for writing all these articles. thank you so much for being less of a journalist and more of a force of inspiration. Thank you for all you have done and more.

    PS- I just wanted to ask you this for so long. I just can’t help but to feel curious about your childhood, teenage years and college life. how you have grown up, what were your influences in childhood, your relationship with cinema from childhood to adulthood, your favorite books, your upbringing and the like. could you,if you don’t mind of course, write a piece on the same??

    Your ardent fan,
    Clueless college student

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