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On being home-schooled in Tamil through the film song

March 15, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: Paying attention to lyrics is a wonderful way to increase one’s proficiency in a language. (Added incentive: It’s fun too.) These days, a lot of the music I listen to comes from the phone. I just type in the name of a song I feel like listening […]

Readers Write In #36: Ram and his madness

March 11, 2018


This article was written by G Waugh. I know a lot of people who hate Kattradhu Tamizh. I know a lot of people who hate Thanga Meengal. I know a lot of people who hate Kattradhu Tamizh and Thanga Meengal but love Taramani. Why? Taramani is made by someone who is far more mature than […]

Readers Write In #35: Ageing With Films

March 5, 2018


My father, who is the chief reason behind my ardent love for films, has stopped going to the theatres. My problem doesn’t end there. Once a passionate collector of movie DVDs, it is clearly evident that he has lost the interest in spending an evening at home watching his favourite film. It pains me when […]

Kalki: On Netflix

March 1, 2018


Kalki, a short film I wrote for director Dhilip Kumar, is now out on Netflix. You can watch it here: Do see, comment, compliment, criticise… See post about the first look here. And the trailer: Advertisements

Devi… Sridevi…

February 25, 2018


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: A Madras boy remembers the actress, the star who could do everything every kind of director wanted her to do. G rowing up in the seventies and eighties, in Madras, meant you grew up with Sridevi. Actors and actresses, those days, made a ton of movies […]

Readers Write In #34: Dancing to Bollywood’s tune

February 10, 2018


The title is as literal as it gets and makes me a little unhappy for not coming up with a smarter heading.  But hey, as a first time writer I forgive myself. Growing up, dancing was an alien concept. Parties in our tiny Mumbai flats meant men drinking rum and whisky, women chatting and kids […]

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, […]

Readers Write In #32: O Butterfly and things that even Google can’t buy

January 27, 2018


A piece about things that still do not have a google address, such as an obscure rendition of O Butterfly. Seemed apt to put this up now, given the Padma Vibhushan for Ilayaraja (though this isn’t really about him). Ilayaraja fans and maybe Vikram fans as well would be familiar with the 1991 hit song O […]

The cartoonist returns

January 15, 2018


Some more from Ramki Bellur — the first, a kind Pongal greeting, and the second, a collaboration with Sanjay NM. Advertisements

BOFTA Masterclass

December 14, 2017


This is a recording of a Masterclass I was invited to do at BOFTA (Blue Ocean Film and Television Academy ). Copyright ©2017 Behindwoods. Advertisements

From a reader…

November 22, 2017


Thanks, again, Ramki Bellur, for this. Advertisements


November 11, 2017


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

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (BehindWoods)

October 11, 2017


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

Interview: Baradwaj Rangan (FullyFilmy)

October 6, 2017


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

Blog vs Bharatvarsh

August 3, 2017


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


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


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


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: Advertisements

Readers Write In #14: Back to school

April 19, 2017


“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


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. Advertisements