The National Film Awards are considered the most prestigious motion
pictures awards in India. Many popular artists have retired from the
film industry without getting a National Film Award. For that
matter, Shahrukh Khan is the best example who has won the famous
Filmfare Best Actor Award so for seven times, but is yet to win the
coveted National Film Award.
At the 53rd National Film Awards, the award for the best film critic
went to BITSian Baradwaj Rangan (Baddy). During his stay at Pilani
from August 1988 to June 1992 as a student, Baddy must have seen
about 200 films in various languages in the grand auditorium of the
Institute and built up the passion to be a name to reckon with in
the film industry.
After getting a Chemical Engineering degree from BITS, Pilani,
Baradwaj Rangan (Baddy) had a copywriting stint at J Walter
Thompson, Chennai and then took off to Marquette University,
Milwaukee for a Master’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations.
He spent a few years with IT industry in USA and then got back to
Chennai where he is freelancing now. His film reviews and other
articles on arts, entertainment and humor have been published in The
New Sunday Express, The Economic Times – Madras Plus, Man’s World,
Simplifly and Seminar. Baddy blogs at