Dispatches from the Wall Corner: A Journey Through Indian Cinema
Baradwaj Rangan has no illusions of grandeur that you are going to base your moviewatching on his reviews or even agree with his assessment of movies.
Split into six sections Ÿ?? Actors, Hindi Cinema, Directors, Music, Tamil Cinema, and Reviews Ÿ?? Dispatches from the Wall Corner is a collection of Baradwaj RanganŸ??s best writings, and outstanding in unraveling the magical world of Indian cinema. For instance, like a fawning fan before the SuperstarŸ??s altar, he convinces us how Rajinikanth Ÿ??Ÿ??isnŸ??t a formula that can be bottled and bartered.Ÿ?? Or despite an obvious reverence for masala Hindi films of the Seventies, including Sholay and Don, he unhesitatingly describes Yash ChopraŸ??s characters as Ÿ??pretty people in prettier clothesŸ??. Straddling the worlds of Tamil and Hindi movies with great panache, the book is wonderfully honest about how, for instance, Ÿ??Hindi cinema has learned that maximum profits can be made from the handfuls of multiplexesŸ?? ,Ÿ?? while on the other hand, Ÿ??Tamil cinema continues to tell the stories of the villages.
About the Author
Baradwaj Rangan is a film critic and Senior Deputy Editor at The Hindu. He won the National Award (Swarna Kamal) for Best Film Critic in 2005. His writings on cinema, music, art, books, travel and humour have been published in various magazines like Open, Tehelka, Biblio, Outlook and the Caravan. He has co-written the screenplay for the Tamil rom-com, Kadhal 2 Kalyanam. He teaches a course on cinema at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.
Baradwaj has contributed to various anthologies, the most recent being an essay in Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation. His first book, Conversations with Mani Ratnam, was published by Penguin in 2012.