Like your favourite Mani Ratnam films, the book tickles the taste buds sometimes with sun-kissed sweetness and sometimes with tart ambiguity. Bursts of sensual fullness are balanced by doses of asceticism. Baradwaj Rangan’s Conversations with Mani Ratnam feels path-breaking. Following are a few of Mani Ratman's responses...
On Indian actors: You learn to trust the actors...Manisha, for example, might mix up a word or two, but she would not miss the flow....Shah Rukh...[would] do anything for the film. The only problem was to keep Shah Rukh’s enthusiasm under control.
On Roja: I didn’t think it was an Indian platform. We thought it was a Tamil film. He also said that the story is based on a true incident saying the wife, 'had written an open letter to the terrorist. And her appeal was to the goodness of the terrorist.'
On Bombay: With Bombay, it was more a question of not wanting to take responsibility, not wanting to be the one to clear it... A commissioner of police promised me this film would never see the light of day.