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Critics in the time of Corona!

March 23, 2020


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One Bharath News interviews me… again, it’s about movies and reviews

December 19, 2019


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TalksOfCinema interviews me… about movies and reviews

December 10, 2019


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Readers Write In #108: Pretty Woman and the uglier (?) side of life

October 29, 2019


(by Madan Mohan) One of the (few remaining) benefits of watching movies on a television channel rather than on a streaming app is that, like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know which one you’ll get. Well, mostly you do. Just reruns of the same old movies in their catalog. And on a holiday […]

Readers Write In #100: Vindication of Cinephilia

October 1, 2019


(by Joydeep Bose) In her 1996 essay ‘The Decay of Cinema’, film theorist Susan Sontag mapped the birth and death of cinephilia — right from its heady days of the fervent film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s France (and, subsequently, among the magazines elsewhere in Europe and North America), to its “ignominious, irreversible […]

FC Recco: Tamil Translated Books, Pesamozhi Publications

September 10, 2019


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Readers Write In #91: Film critics vs public opinion

August 11, 2019


(by Rudra Dave) Apart from being extremely successful at the box office and being loved by the audience, can you guess one more common thing between films like “Kabir Singh”, “Judwaa 2”, “Simmba”, “Bodyguard”, “Luka Chuppi”, “Golmaal franchise”, “Housefull franchise” and “Dhamaal franchise”? They all had received negative reviews from the film critics. Now, most […]

A stand on stars

May 3, 2019


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: We think it’s time we stopped trying to reduce our thoughts on films (i.e. our reviews) to a bunch of stars.   It took a star to take out the stars. The former is Shah Rukh Khan, who gently railed against the latter, today’s near-ubiquitous system […]


August 17, 2018


Critics exist so a dialogue can exist about the art form. Not the business. — Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 29, 2016

Readers Write In #45: Faces of fandom

August 13, 2018


“Don’t be a fan,” she orders. I have a very close and a slightly ‘mean’ friend who robs off half my excitement when I decide to review a film. Reviewing films is part of my job and every time I am given the latest release, my friend is quick to say: “Don’t embarrass me with […]

Baradwaj Rangan, let’s talk about bias!

June 14, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Because it’s impossible to have a proper conversation on Twitter, I imagine a chat with critics of my ‘Kaala’ review and argue why form is important and why ‘Mani Ratnam’ isn’t a bad word. There may be spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen ‘Kaala’. So you’re […]

Fifteen years, and counting…

February 1, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: In which I look back at the time I started out as a film critic, what it’s like now, and a few things in between. On January 30, 2003, my first review was published – that makes it 15 years this week. The film was Dum, […]

Star struck

November 16, 2017


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Should star ratings (terrible as they are) be absolute or relative? Let’s discuss. After I finished writing the review of Villain, a little more than a week ago, I felt a twinge of conscience. It was time for me to give the star rating, the most […]

The World of Apu

November 11, 2017


Anu Srini and Ram Chander met through this site, and… no, that is not where this story is going. They’ve started an online film magazine for lovers of cinema. In their words, “We hope to create an inclusive and diverse space for cinema across borders and languages. It’ll have articles, short stories, poems and all […]


November 11, 2017


Something nice that came via twitter — especially so because of the reference to the commenters here. You guys rock!

Readers Write In #27: A conversation on art, criticism and society

November 4, 2017


​’No a reviewer and a critic are not one and the same’ ‘Both of them do the work of guiding a consumer to choose the better product. They help us to differentiate between a good and a bad film. Don’t they?’ ‘No. You are defining a reviewer. He is probably cinema’s equivalent of a portfolio […]

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (BehindWoods)

October 11, 2017


Another interview, with Maathevan of Behindwoods. Copyright ©2017 BehindWoods.

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (FullyFilmy)

October 6, 2017


It was fun being interviewed by Abishek at Fully Filmy. Here it is:   Copyright ©2017 Fully Filmy.

Readers Write In #23: MANK’s love affair with the movies

October 2, 2017


For as long as i can remember, I have been in love with movies. My movie tastes may have evolved over a period of time , but I can’t remember  a period in my life when i wasn’t fascinated by them.  It has been one constant in my ever changing life . I don’t exactly […]

In sequence…

July 30, 2017


Got this via email, and thought I’d put it out here for a discussion, if people want to bite… Hi BR, some old classics play on the big screen here, and tomorrow there is Vertigo (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock. Is it better to watch movies by certain directors in a timeline sequence with respect to release date ? (so […]