Ketaxe Summary of the Book From groundbreaking movies like Roja to Kadal, each movie of Mani Ratnam has set a new benchmark for other filmmakers. Certified BuyerBaroda. I will for sure watch out for the rain, trains, umbrellasIf you are a big fan of Mani and you enjoyed all his movies, you would love this book. He also says about his association with his colleagues in movie making such as P.
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Start your review of Conversations with Mani Ratnam Write a review Oct 11, Archana Sivassubramanian rated it really liked it While we were making a really so-called short film at college, it kind of struck me how difficult this process of filmmaking is, and how some directors have made filmmaking look so effortless and palatable. I saw Thiruda Thirudi While we were making a really so-called short film at college, it kind of struck me how difficult this process of filmmaking is, and how some directors have made filmmaking look so effortless and palatable.
I saw Thiruda Thirudi way back in , and wondered, whoa, what part of this stupendous film could be real. We all assume that filmmakers make films inspired by real life events and circumstances, but this film was so flippant and illogical that it mocked at every deified code in the manual of screenplay writing. The music was loony and fresh with a mix of synth, swelling strings and acoustics.
So this movie with all its deification does not have a plot, and this man Mani wanted it that way. He says he likes to capture how we are today. I found this careless answer to a weighty question a little incomplete.
He even justifies that Iruvar was a plot that we grew up with, and the movement that inspired the youth of the 70s in the South. True that. But how can one make impersonal films that one does not identify oneself with? Maybe that is how he is. Maybe that is what makes his craft stand apart, and speak. He believes in ebbs and flows and movements and "having a gap between two emotional peaks because a valley is always required between two mountains", and sometimes likes to interpret too.
Oh and one more thing: I also liked how he defended the extraordinarily boring Raavan. I loved that chapter on Iruvar because it is one my most favorite films. One film that tried to combine cinema and politics and made art out of the mixture. There is Godard and Micheaux from the other world.
There is Linklater and Del Toro and the other awesome etcs. W read about them, and dissect their techniques. In all our fancy for cinema outside of us, maybe we are missing out on all the spice that is available inside of us.
This book throws a perspective on how groundbreaking it actually is in India to make the kind of films like the ones that Mani Sir has made. Superb book. And also one book that clarifies why you cannot reduce Mani Rathnam as just this upper class filmmaker who works with an upper class team to portray upper class living. He definitely knows his art better than we do. But when they are up there shining like brillant stars, we go back, revisit their work and say WOW.
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.
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