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Dispatches from the wall corner

by Baradwaj Rangan
Publisher:  (2014)    |     ISBN 10: 9384030562    |     ISBN 13: 9789384030568
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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 – Actors, Hindi Cinema, Directors, Music, Tamil Cinema, and Reviews – Dispatches from the Wall Corner is a collection of Baradwaj Rangan’s best writings, and outstanding in unraveling the magical world of Indian cinema. For instance, like a fawning fan before the Superstar’s altar, he convinces us how Rajinikanth ‘…isn’t a formula that can be bottled and bartered.’ Or despite an obvious reverence for masala Hindi films of the Seventies, including Sholay and Don, he unhesitatingly describes Yash Chopra’s characters as “pretty people in prettier clothes”. Straddling the worlds of Tamil and Hindi movies with great panache, the book is wonderfully honest about how, for instance, ‘Hindi cinema has learned that maximum profits can be made from the handfuls of multiplexes… ,’ while on the other hand, ‘Tamil cinema continues to tell the stories of the villages.
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About the Author
Baradwaj Rangan is a National Award-winning film critic, formerly employed at The New Indian Express, currently with The Hindu, as Film Critic & Deputy

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