Baradwaj Rangan

Baradwaj Rangan is a National Award-winning film critic. He has authored Conversations with Mani Ratnam and Dispatches From the Wall Corner. His long-form story on Vikram was featured in The Caravan Book of Profiles, as one of their “twelve definitive profiles.” His short story, The Call, was published in The Indian Quarterly. He has written screenplays and works for theatre. He teaches a course on cinema at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. He is also Chief Consultant with Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

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Director JPR’s sequel, starring Sarathkumar, is a silly thriller that barely remembers why Part 1 worked


Rathna Kumar’s ‘rooted romcom’, starring Vaibhav Reddy, has a few problems, but the filmmaking more than compensates


Directed by Rohit Padaki, this film is an intermittently affecting anthology about the journey that is life


Vijay lords over an Atlee-directed movie that’s better than “Bairavaa”, but is that enough?


25 years ago, on Deepavali, we saw the release of a film that Kamal Haasan wrote and acted in -- Thevar Magan, which became one of his biggest blockbusters. In this video essay, Baradwaj Rangan takes a look at the things that make the film so special. From the cast (Kamal Haasan, Sivaji Ganesan, Revathy, Gautami, Nasser, Vadivelu) to the music (Ilayaraja), cinematography (PC Sreeram) and direction (Bharathan).


Nithilan Swaminathan (Kurangu Bommai) and Lokesh Kanagaraj (Maanagaram) talk about being new-gen directors. The challenges. How they learnt their craft. About compromises and finding producers like SR Prabhu and more.


Bejoy Nambiar’s quartet of stories, starring Dulquer Salmaan, has its moments, but not enough to conceal its flaws


Directed by Arun Gopy and starring Dileep, this film is an okayish, inadvertently meta political thriller that blurs the line between reel and real