On March 10th, Blogchatter Writing Festival Season 2 moved on to discussing Films and Writing in a Facebook Live session with the renowned film critic, Baradwaj Rangan. Baradwaj is a national award-winning film critic who shared with us the nitty-gritty and the connect between films and writing.

Baradwaj’s revelation, when asked on how he landed in the film critic industry, is inspiring. He loved reading critical analysis from world cinema from his college days for which he had to approach British Council and alike for writings from across the globe due to lack of internet and because the availability and accessibility of such content was limited then.

He told us that the cataloging of such articles and reviews was so systematic that one could find extremely old copies of magazines and newspapers as well. This, he says, became a great source for his learning as a movie critic.

This paved way to some wisdom nuggets. The first nugget he gave us was, ‘Never make a template for your review. Each review should have a different layout. Sometimes you may begin the review with the social aspects in the movie and sometimes the acting. Let the reader not know what’s next in your review.’

Baradwaj further shared that if he comes across a movie review different to his, he reads it to know why the reviewer differs from him. He said, ‘I would want to know their viewpoint which, however, should be backed with a good reason’.

He adds that some people talk film very well in conversations. But writing is different. Like every speaker might not necessarily be a good listener, similarly, those who talk might not necessarily write film well too.

Writing is a different skill together.. Here reasoning and a structure should fall together in one picture.

Baradwaj enjoys watching movies in the theatre because he feels that every person in the room goes through the same experience together. Watching Bahubali- The Conclusion was a marvelous experience for him as everyone in the theatre was on the same boat, with the same feel, the same energy, and that each person was charged up by the end.

On being questioned if he thinks film criticism can help Indian audience select movies, he says that though people might be cautious on spending money, as long as stars deliver what people want, the latter will watch it. For instance, Newton did good at Box Office yet failed to earn as much as Harry Met Sejal which was termed as a flop, largely. The star gets the drawing power.

For him a great movie might not be with an out-of-the-box story, instead can be very well picked from the usual box but shown in a new light.

Baradwaj signs off by saying, ‘Everything in a movie blends together and becomes your experience when writing a review. Do not leave reasoning out from the review. Remember, a reader might not agree with you on every review, yet he comes back to your review, why?’

To hear the entire video, check this: https://www.facebook.com/blogchatter/videos/592291607777190/

Films and Writing Facebook Live with Baradwaj Rangan was one of our sessions at Blogchatter Writing Festival. We have many more different author-sessions planned ahead under this. You can screenshot the below schedule: