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Baradwaj Rangan

Baradwaj Rangan is an Indian film critic and writer. Despite having no formal training in filmmaking or cinema writing, he has had a diverse career in advertising, IT consulting, and cinema writing. Here are some key points about him:

  • Career: Rangan’s journey has been quite fascinating. He graduated in chemical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. Initially, he worked as a copywriter with J. Walter Thompson in Chennai after being selected for a workshop by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI). Later, he pursued a Master’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations at Marquette University in Milwaukee, focusing on Internet advertising. He then worked as an IT consultant in the United States for about five years.
  • Film Critic: Rangan’s passion for writing led him to review films for the website His first film review was of the Hindi film Dum, published in the Madras Plus supplement of The Economic Times in 2003. He went on to write for The New Sunday Express and The Hindu, where he became the deputy editor. His critical analyses on world cinema, especially those by American critics, gained recognition.
  • Books: Rangan authored two books related to Indian cinema:
    • Conversations with Mani Ratnam (2012): In this book, he interviews film director Mani Ratnam, exploring various perspectives on Ratnam’s films.
    • Dispatches From The Wall Corner: A Journey through Indian Cinema (2014): Described as a “panoramic view of Indian cinema,” this book delves into the rich tapestry of Indian films.
  • Screenwriting: Rangan made his debut as a dialogue writer with Kadhal 2 Kalyanam, although the film never saw a theatrical release. He also wrote the screenplay for the 2017 release Kalki.
  • Current Work: Until 2022, Rangan served as the editor of Film Companion South. Currently, he works as a critic and chief editor for Galatta Plus and hosts the Spotify podcast Cinema With Baradwaj Rangan

Baradwaj Rangan’s unique journey showcases how passion and talent can lead to a successful career, even without formal training in a specific field. 🎬📝👏

For more information, you can explore his official website.

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