Anand Pandian teaches anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, and holds a PhD from UC Berkeley. His most recent books include Ayya’s Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India, and Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation. He has spent many years working closely with farmers, filmmakers, writers, and activists in the villages and towns of Tamil Nadu. His latest book is Reel World: On Location in Kollywood.
Category: Film/Creative Non-fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
Rights: Indian language rights available
Everything feels like it’s already happened in a scene from some movie. Still, we know so little about how these films are actually made. This is a book based on observation of this process: the stage-by-stage production of that intricate phenomenon we call a movie. The focus is on the Tamil-language cinema of “Kollywood,” drawing on first hand encounters with many of the most renowned figures in the New Wave of contemporary Tamil film—directors such as M. Sasikumar, Selvaraghavan, Mysskin and Vishnu Vardhan, actors such as Dhanush and Karthi Sivakumar, composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematographer Nirav Shah, the editors Sreekar Prasad and Anthony Gonsalvez. Chapter by chapter, Reel World tells stories concerning essential and successive stages in the crafting of cinema.