Baradwaj Rangan is an Indian film critic, writer, and formerly the deputy editor of The Hindu. He later became a senior editor of Film Companion. Rangan won the National Film Award for Best Film Critic in 2006. Before joining The Hindu, Rangan wrote for The New Indian Express. He has also authored two books, worked as a screenwriter, and is a teacher at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.
Rangan in September 2014
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Baradwaj Rangan had no formal training in filmmaking or cinema writing. He is a chemical engineering graduate from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. According to him, it was a time when "parents considered only medicine or engineering as ‘serious professions’", that he did not have interest but continued with it anyway. Rangan claims that he was fascinated with writing and loved reading critical analyses on world cinema, especially by American critics. He got selected for a workshop by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI), Mumbai which led to him having a stint as a copywriter with J. Walter Thompson in Chennai. After that, Rangan received a full scholarship from the Marquette University, Milwaukee for a Master's degree in Advertising and Public relations, focusing on Internet advertising. Later, Rangan worked as an IT Consultant in the United States for about five years. He still had the urge to write and started reviewing films for the website
sitagita.com. That was when he was noticed by Sushila Ravindranath, then the editor of The New Sunday Express, the Sunday edition of The New Indian Express. Rangan worked there for two years, before shifting to The Hindu, which he became the deputy editor of. Rangan also wrote for the magazine Tehelka, while still working at The New Indian Express. His first review was of the Hindi film Dum; it was published on 30 January 2003 in the Madras Plus supplement of The Economic Times.
Rangan has authored two books: Conversations with Mani Ratnam (2012), wherein he interviews film director Mani Ratnam on the perspectives of his films, and Dispatches From The Wall Corner: A Journey through Indian Cinema (2014), which he describes as a "panoramic view of Indian cinema". He also wrote an essay in Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation (2014). Rangan made his debut as a dialogue writer with Kadhal 2 Kalyanam, which never saw a theatrical release. He later wrote the screenplay for Kalki, a 2017 release. He also teaches a course on cinema at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and has interviewed notable personalities like producer/writer G. Dhananjayan, and director Gautham Menon. A short story written by Rangan, The Call, was published in The Indian Quarterly magazine. As of 2017, Rangan is the editor of Film Companion South. He is also a member of the Film Critics Circle of India.
In October 2018, Rangan was a guest speaker at India Film Project where he discussed about a critic's job and the role of criticism in the 'Insta Generation' along with Rajeev Masand and Vikramaditya Motwane.
At the 53rd National Film Awards which took place in 2006, Rangan won in the Best Film Critic category. The citation given to him by the jury of the 53rd National Film Awards reads, "The Award is presented for intelligent and reader-friendly reviews of popular cinema with a depth of understanding of the form, a discernible passion for the medium bulwarked consistently by a knowledge of the trends and touchstones of global cinema." In 2013, Arul Mani of Tehelka described Rangan as "far and away the most intelligent writer we have in India when it comes to cinema".
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- Rangan, Baradwaj (11 September 2010). "What Bollywood can learn from Rajini". Tehelka. Vol. 7 no. 36. Archived from the original on 7 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
- Rangan, Baradwaj (1 February 2018). "Southern Lights: Fifteen years, and Counting..." Film Companion. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
- Guha, Aniruddha (9 December 2012). "30 years, 22 films, 1 book: 'Conversations With Mani Ratnam'". Daily News and Analysis. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Mani, Arul (24 November 2012). "Talking Pictures". Tehelka. Vol. 9 no. 47. Archived from the original on 28 October 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- Bhatia, Sidharth (7 December 2014). "Book review: Dispatches from the Wall Corner — A book for movie lovers". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 25 April 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- Trilok, Krishna (24 October 2014). "South's Most Wanted". Indulge. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Kamath, Sudhish (20 January 2014). "Subramaniapuram in English". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 January 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
- "'Kadhal 2 Kalyanam' to release finally". The Times of India. 29 March 2013. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Kamath, Sudhish (19 April 2014). "No country for new films". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Srivatsan (17 May 2017). "Kalki movie review: A low-key yet intriguing story about love and time". India Today. Archived from the original on 24 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
- Ford-Powell, Ken (2 January 2013). "Conversations with Mani Ratnam by Baradwaj Rangan". Paste. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Rangan, Baradwaj (17 March 2011). "Romancing the screen". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
- Rangan, Baradwaj (17 December 2006). "Interview: Gautham Menon". Baradwaj Rangan. Archived from the original on 23 July 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
- Rangan, Baradwaj (April – June 2016). "The Call". The Indian Quarterly. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
- Rangan, Baradwaj (7 April 2017). "The Mani Ratnam formula: 'Be entertaining, but remain honest to your original thought'". The Hindu. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
- "Members". Film Critics Circle of India. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "Ali Fazal, Mallika Dua to attend India Film Project". Outlook. IANS. 1 October 2018. Archived from the original on 9 April 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
- Rangan, Baradwaj; Masand, Rajeev; Motwane, Vikramaditya (13 October 2018). "The Critic's job: Role of criticism in the Insta generation". India Film Project. Retrieved 9 April 2019.