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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 […]

Broad Reflections #3: 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 […]

Out in newsstands now…

April 5, 2016

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The new issue of The Indian Quarterly is out, and I have a story in it. (As in, fiction.) Do check it out. PS: A big shout-out to everyone who read early drafts and made suggestions. PPS: It’s not online yet.

Looney toons

March 12, 2016

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Got this bit of kindness from a reader and am sharing with gratitude and permission (his name is Ramki Bellur and he blogs at https://bellurramki18.wordpress.com/): Dear Mr.Baradwaj Rangan, I have been your silent admirer for 4 years now. Coming straight to the point, couldn’t resist doing the attached cartoon. Take care and keep feeding us with your […]

Conversations with… me!

March 6, 2016

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Thanks to Rahul Desai and Tanul Thakur, I got to talk about a lot of things I think about as a critic, as a writer. Here is the interview. http://indiaindependentfilms.com/conversations-with-baradwaj-rangan/

Comments, moderation, yada yada…

March 3, 2016

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I hate to lose readers and I’m sorry things have come to this. But I need to say a few things: This blog thing, it’s not a full-time thing — though, of late, it’s begun to feel like one. In the limited time that I have, I try to skim through comments and approve them. (It’s […]

Vacation notes

February 9, 2016

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I’m not proud to confess this, but flying thousands of miles and then lining up to visit a museum doesn’t do much for me. To your right, ladies and gentlemen, is the house in which Charles Dickens lived. Okay – and? This is the desk at which he hammered out The Pickwick Papers. Okay – […]

A bit of bragging

January 26, 2016

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I’m beyond-beyond-beyond thrilled that my blurb for Anand Pandian’s excellent book, “Reel World: On Location in Kollywood”, is featured alongside one by Walter Murch, the legendary sound designer and editor, whose film work includes The Godfather movies, Apocalypse Now, and The English Patient. Flipkart link for the book: https://tinyurl.com/hvkphqd Copyright ©2016 Baradwaj Rangan. This article […]

2015 in review

December 30, 2015

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 1,900,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 82 days for that many people to see […]

After the waters recede…

December 14, 2015

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What some of us are feeling now, it’s vague, hard to put into words. And at least part of it is a little existential. Why were we spared? You don’t think this when you hear of shootings in America or earthquakes in Nepal. You register the horror, and do what you can – sign a […]

At the movies

December 12, 2015

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Rain or shine, the connection between Chennai residents and cinema is an unbreakable one. Imagine there’s a death in the family. Some people weep and wail. Some people realise that there are practical things that need to get done. They get busy making calls, getting a photo ready in order to put out an obituary […]

The storm and the qualm

December 10, 2015

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You could drive yourself crazy debating whether the Music Season should be held this year. Baradwaj Rangan draws up a pro-con list. Con: Isn’t it awfully insensitive to go on stage wearing a silk sari in a carefully chosen shade, with carefully coordinated accessories – when so many people don’t have clothes to wear? Pro: […]

Books for the big screen

November 15, 2015

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My contribution to a “musings” column in the Weekend Reading section of The Hindu… I fell in love with Pauline Kael’s writing when I read her six-page response to The Godfather, Part II.  (“Review,” in this case, is too diminished a word.) On the third page, she said, “I began to feel that the film […]

Mani matters

November 11, 2015

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Much kindness from a reader. Thank you Ravishankar. Dear Sir I was gifted the book ‘Conversations with Mani Ratnam’ recently by a talented “kid” in my office for my birthday. Contrary to what I expected it was an extremely breezy read. I read Conversations with Hitchcock by Truffaut twenty five years ago in college and […]

Self life

October 19, 2015

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Some people laugh when I tell them I do yoga. These are people who do not do yoga, people who think yoga is standing on one hand and pedalling the air. And this type of yoga is best imagined with someone slim, someone tall, someone whose buttocks you can crack walnuts on. As I score […]