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Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (BehindWoods)

October 11, 2017

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

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (FullyFilmy)

October 6, 2017

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

Blog vs Bharatvarsh

August 3, 2017

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sai16vicky mentioned something in the Dunkirk thread, and it spawned a few responses. Posting them here, as a new thread, in case you feel like chiming in. sai16vicky August 2, 2017 BR, I have always respected your views on Free Speech (though my stand is different). But with you banning Anuj, I have a question […]

Bitty Ruminations 85 – Speaking to the ‘other’ India

June 25, 2017

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Every time I read an op-ed in an English-language newspaper, every time I sit through a panel discussion at a Lit Fest or any other event, this is what strikes me: that you are preaching to the choir. The people in the audience have already bought into what you’re selling: women need to be respected, […]

Talking heads

June 19, 2017

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Ramsu, who has commented here in the past, has a post up about my interviews for Film Companion. FC South is just a few months old and we still have a long way to go, but this was a nice shot in the arm. Excerpt: I wonder if Baradwaj Rangan’s training as an engineer has […]

In the pages of Mint Lounge

June 10, 2017

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In which I give gyaan and get to pose for a Vanity Fair style portrait with eminences on the cover of Mint Lounge. With Smriti Kiran, Meenakshi Shedde, Radhika Apte, Vikramaditya Motwane, Amit Masurkar.(Photo courtesy: Abhijit Bhatlekar/ Mint) Here’s a link to the piece: http://bit.ly/2s5k2yM

Readers Write In #14: Back to school

April 19, 2017

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“When you’re a little kid, you are a bit of everything-artist, scientist, athlete, scholar. Sometimes, it seems growing up is like a process of giving those things up, one by one.” – The Wonder Years. When you live in Besant Nagar and your school is in Mandavalli, the one hour trip on the school bus […]

Toon-ing into an interview…

April 10, 2017

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Ramki Bellur strikes again! “Dear BR, Am really enjoying your video reviews. Can’t thank you enough for the interviews of MR and Vetrimaaran. Made a cartoon related to your latest interview with MR. Hope you enjoy it.  Regards and best wishes, Ramki” Well, thank YOU, Ramki.

The cartoonist strikes back!

March 20, 2017

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Ramki Bellur strikes again! “Dear BR, Trust you are having a wonderful time at FC. Made a cartoon related to your fan’s current mindset.”      

From a reader…

March 2, 2017

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I never cease to be touched when readers take the time to personalise things. This cartoon came with this message. “Dear BR, Congrats! Wish you the very best in all that you do. A small dedication from my side on this occasion…hope you like it.” Thank you, Ramki Bellur.    

New beginnings…

March 1, 2017

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A new start today: as Editor, Film Companion (South) and Chief Consultant, Programming, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star. It’s a bit nerve-wracking, to be honest — this move to digital. I’ve talked about it in my first post for FC: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/southern-lights-hello-from-this-side-of-the-vindhyas So, about the blog. My reviews of (and pieces on) South Indian films […]

A koffee moment…

February 24, 2017

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So we got a press release (reproduced below) for the latest episode of Koffee with Karan (to be telecast this Sunday), and guess which film critic’s name popped up!!! I hope they don’t delete this bit at the last minute, but even if they do, it was fun just reading this. Koffee with Karan Renowned […]

Bitty Ruminations 84 – Nirmal Shekar

February 3, 2017

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There are many tributes to Nirmal Shekar out there. I just want to talk about what it meant for a kid interested in words, in language, in writing, in self-expression to read someone like him. There’s the general tendency, today, to look down on writerly writing. It’s considered masturbatory. Write simply, in a way everyone […]

Kalki: First look

January 20, 2017

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The first look is out for Kalki, a short film I wrote for director Dhilip Kumar, based on a premise he had in mind. It stars Kishore and Yasmin Ponnappa, and though I wasn’t present for all stages of post-production, it was a special thrill to work with Sreekar Prasad in his editing room, pacing […]

Happy 2017

January 1, 2017

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I’m really bummed about not getting the annual WordPress stats report. One of the start-of-the-year things I look forward to the most is seeing the top five commenters. Who has maintained his/her position from last year? Who’s dropped out and found a life? Alas, these revelations shall remain locked up in the bowels of this […]

Vox un-populi?

November 12, 2016

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Musings on the media, post the bomb that just blew up in the United States. The recent events around Trump already seemed to have played out at movie theatres around Tamil Nadu, around the time the film Remo was released. The word around the rom-com, starring the young (and young-skewing) actor Sivakarthikeyan, was toxic. The […]

Analysis, critical!

October 8, 2016

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Social media may not have killed the film critic, but it has definitely changed the business of film criticism. In a panel discussion at the Indywood Film Carnival, held in Hyderabad last week, I was asked about the impact of social media on critics. It wasn’t the first time I’ve been asked this question. It […]

Conversations with Mahesh Bhatt

September 3, 2016

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This April, at this event, I was invited to converse with Mahesh Bhatt about Smita Patil. It took a while, but the video is finally here. Really enjoyed the conversation. Hope you do too.

A king and his times

May 21, 2016

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Looking back at the Ilayaraja era, which began forty years ago, with the release of ‘Annakili’ on 14 May, 1976. So Ilayaraja’s music and I, we’re both in our forties. This doesn’t mean that his is the only music I grew up with. The songs on radio and television came from the 60s, 50s, sometimes […]

Tamil short stories

May 12, 2016

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So this is a plug, not just for the book you’re going to read about in a bit but also for the Tamil short story. The first grown-up stories I read were in Tamil. Enid Blytons and Hardy Boys adventures and other kinds of English reading came from the library, but I’d get done with […]