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Conversations With Mani Ratnam (English)

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Contributors
Author Baradwaj Rangan
Book Details
Publisher February
Imprint Penguin Global
Publication Year 2013 February
ISBN-13 9780670085200
ISBN-10 0670085200
Language English
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 305 Pages
Dimensions
Width 6.1 inch
Height 9.05 inch
Depth 0.74 inch
Weight 568 g
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K Hariharan
29 Oct 2012
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I think this is the finest conversation ever recorded by a film critic and a filmmaker. And very few filmmakers in the world have articulated themselves with such precision. Mani Ratnam does it with no references to any philosophical systems or theoretical positions. There is a certain kind of honesty and sincerity in purpose which Baradwaj Rangan has managed to bring about and that is very important for all aspiring filmmakers to learn from in this book. Few filmmakers acknowledge their own trepidation in the way Mani confesses in his introduction to the book. Even the opponents of Mani wi... ()

I think this is the finest conversation ever recorded by a film critic and a filmmaker. And very few filmmakers in the world have articulated themselves with such precision. Mani Ratnam does it with no references to any philosophical systems or theoretical positions. There is a certain kind of honesty and sincerity in purpose which Baradwaj Rangan has managed to bring about and that is very important for all aspiring filmmakers to learn from in this book. Few filmmakers acknowledge their own trepidation in the way Mani confesses in his introduction to the book. Even the opponents of Mani wi...
I think this is the finest conversation ever recorded by a film critic and a filmmaker. And very few filmmakers in the world have articulated themselves with such precision. Mani Ratnam does it with no references to any philosophical systems or theoretical positions. There is a certain kind of honesty and sincerity in purpose which Baradwaj Rangan has managed to bring about and that is very important for all aspiring filmmakers to learn from in this book. Few filmmakers acknowledge their own trepidation in the way Mani confesses in his introduction to the book. Even the opponents of Mani will acknowledge the courage that Mani has shown in exposing his techniques and strategies to the lay reader.

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Archana Vijay
10 Nov 2012
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Wonderful bibliography of Mani Ratnam's work.

Most often, we don't recognize legends during their making. But when they are up there shining like brilliant stars, we go back, revisit their work and say WOW. I said more wows reading about these movies from the creator's viewpoint than when I actually saw those. Such insights. Such details. Mani Ratnam is indeed a legend.

I am not sure if I am more in awe of Maniratnam for his earthly movies or the author Baradwaj Ranjan for bringing out the best from an otherwise reserved director, perfectly balancing between a fan and a critic. Not a biography, 'Conversations with Mani Ratnam' is a bi...
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Most often, we don't recognize legends during their making. But when they are up there shining like brilliant stars, we go back, revisit their work and say WOW. I said more wows reading about these movies from the creator's viewpoint than when I actually saw those. Such insights. Such details. Mani Ratnam is indeed a legend.

I am not sure if I am more in awe of Maniratnam for his earthly movies or the author Baradwaj Ranjan for bringing out the best from an otherwise reserved director, perfectly balancing between a fan and a critic. Not a biography, 'Conversations with Mani Ratnam' is a bi...
Most often, we don't recognize legends during their making. But when they are up there shining like brilliant stars, we go back, revisit their work and say WOW. I said more wows reading about these movies from the creator's viewpoint than when I actually saw those. Such insights. Such details. Mani Ratnam is indeed a legend.

I am not sure if I am more in awe of Maniratnam for his earthly movies or the author Baradwaj Ranjan for bringing out the best from an otherwise reserved director, perfectly balancing between a fan and a critic. Not a biography, 'Conversations with Mani Ratnam' is a bibliography for all his works from 'Pallavi Anupallavi' to 'Raavan/Raavanan'. CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!

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Baranidharan S
07 Nov 2012
A Good Read for Movie Buffs & Aspiring Film Makers

Bought it immediately when one of my cousins forwarded me the Flipkart link of this book. As always it was a neat delivery from FK and on time.
Calling Mani as my favorite director would be a cliche but still that makes a lot more sense than employing some facilely made-up superlatives. This structure of this book is in an interview format and Bharadwaj Rangan comes with all guns blazing with some intelligent, stupid and sometimes naive questions; and the ever elusive Maniratnam seemed to brace on to them and answer them with equal poise and a pinch of sarcasm at times. In the process, we g...
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Bought it immediately when one of my cousins forwarded me the Flipkart link of this book. As always it was a neat delivery from FK and on time.
Calling Mani as my favorite director would be a cliche but still that makes a lot more sense than employing some facilely made-up superlatives. This structure of this book is in an interview format and Bharadwaj Rangan comes with all guns blazing with some intelligent, stupid and sometimes naive questions; and the ever elusive Maniratnam seemed to brace on to them and answer them with equal poise and a pinch of sarcasm at times. In the process, we g...
Bought it immediately when one of my cousins forwarded me the Flipkart link of this book. As always it was a neat delivery from FK and on time.
Calling Mani as my favorite director would be a cliche but still that makes a lot more sense than employing some facilely made-up superlatives. This structure of this book is in an interview format and Bharadwaj Rangan comes with all guns blazing with some intelligent, stupid and sometimes naive questions; and the ever elusive Maniratnam seemed to brace on to them and answer them with equal poise and a pinch of sarcasm at times. In the process, we get to know the underlying layer of the craft and finesse that Mani spins across all his scripts including the finer details like blending of emotions with music, lighting, camera angles and stuff like that.
I was a tad disappointed that the book did not have many behind the scenes description and also only a few color posters from his movies; but was largely satisfied that the book did what it was meant to do - inspire an avid movie buff or an aspiring film maker - after all it is straight from the horse's mouth!!

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Vijay Venkatesh
30 Oct 2012
Salute to Mani..

If you are a big fan of Mani and you enjoyed all his movies, you would love this book. And I bet after reading about each movie, you would want to watch the movie again to observe the amount of detail that was actually put in each storyline. I was more fascinated to read about his older movies like Mouna Raagam, Agni Natchatiram and Nayagan than his newer ones (Guru, Raavan..) This book has also changed my point of view on Mani's films. I will for sure watch out for the rain, trains, umbrellas , dress color and appreciate every detail of it. Great book overall.

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Rakesh R.V
30 Oct 2012
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Must read

A must read for those who are interested in the creative thought process during film making. Also special for the fact that it comes from a person so elusive. A insight into thoughts behind almost every movie of this genius

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VIJAY PM
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Mani's Thought Process

After reading, one will get an insight the way master director Mani approaches to film making.

MUST READ for "Behind the Camera" lovers!!
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Narendiran P
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Very Good Title. Suitable for the book.

First of all wanna say this, MUST READ BOOK. ManiRatnam is a great filmmaker and he is a very successful Self taught filmmaker. Nice to read all his experiences on his films. Thanks to him for the movies like Nayagan and Thalapathi. (View complete review)

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Gireesh S
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Thought provoking conversations

The book is a series of conversations (duh) with the master film maker. He explains the thought process and the methodology behind his classic movies, explains his choices made in his movies and highlights the differences in his scripts that subconsciously endeared us to them. Along the way he al... (View complete review)

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Rajesh Yegnaraman
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Must-read for Mani Ratnam fans

As an ardent follower of Tamil cinema and Mani Ratnam's movies in particular, this was something I couldn't miss out on. Add to it the fact that it is written by my favorite movie critic, Baradwaj Rangan. The hardcover version is a connoisseur's delight. Excellent quality and lots of pictures.
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understandin the Genius- Mani Ratnam

his name suits him very well. He is a jewel in the indian film industry. Became even bigger fan of him after reading this (View complete review)

    Book: Conversations With Mani Ratnam (English) by Baradwaj Rangan
    ISBN Number: 0670085200, 9780670085200, 978-0670085200

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