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Madabhushi Rangadorai [1] [2] (born 8 November 1937 [3] [4] ), better known by his pen name Randor Guy, is an Indian lawyer, columnist and film [5] and legal historian associated with the English language newspaper The Hindu . [6] [1] He is also the official editor of the weekly column "Blast from the Past" that appears in The Hindu.

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Although the start of the history of film is not clearly defined, the commercial, public screening of ten of Lumière brothers' short films in Paris on 28 December 1895 can be regarded as the breakthrough of projected cinematographic motion pictures. There had been earlier cinematographic results and screenings but these lacked either the quality or the momentum that propelled the cinématographe Lumière into a worldwide success.

Legal history or the history of law is the study of how law has evolved and why it changed. Legal history is closely connected to the development of civilisations and is set in the wider context of social history. Among certain jurists and historians of legal process, it has been seen as the recording of the evolution of laws and the technical explanation of how these laws have evolved with the view of better understanding the origins of various legal concepts; some consider it a branch of intellectual history. Twentieth century historians have viewed legal history in a more contextualised manner more in line with the thinking of social historians. They have looked at legal institutions as complex systems of rules, players and symbols and have seen these elements interact with society to change, adapt, resist or promote certain aspects of civil society. Such legal historians have tended to analyse case histories from the parameters of social science inquiry, using statistical methods, analysing class distinctions among litigants, petitioners and other players in various legal processes. By analysing case outcomes, transaction costs, number of settled cases they have begun an analysis of legal institutions, practices, procedures and briefs that give us a more complex picture of law and society than the study of jurisprudence, case law and civil codes can achieve.


Early life

Randor Guy's original name was Rangadorai, but his pen name later became official. [7] He graduated in BSc and B. L. from Madras University [8] and commenced his career as a lawyer. [8] [9] After practising as a lawyer for a short time, he quit his job and joined a firm called Paterson and Co. where he worked for five years. In 1976, he resigned to devote all his time to writing.

A Bachelor of Science is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for completed courses that generally last three to five years, or a person holding such a degree.

Work as a film historian

Guy has been writing books on history and films since 1967. He became popular when his article on Frank Capra was purchased by the United States Information Agency for use as a reference work. [8] As of 2008, he remains the only non-American whose work has been acquired as reference material by the Government of the United States of America. [8]

Frank Capra Sicilian-born American film director

Frank Russell Capra was an Italian-American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Italy and raised in Los Angeles from the age of five, his rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as Ian Freer to consider him the "American Dream personified."

United States Information Agency Former government agency

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Guy is a regular columnist for such newspapers as the Mylapore Times, The Hindu and The Indian Express . He also writes for the film magazine, Screen . He writes on a variety of topics though he is mainly popular as a film historian and critic.

<i>The Hindu</i> English language newspaper in India

The Hindu is an Indian English-language daily newspaper owned by The Hindu Group, headquartered in Chennai. It was started as a weekly in 1878 and became a daily in 1889. It is one of the Indian newspapers of record and the second most circulated English-language newspaper in India, after The Times of India. As of March 2018, The Hindu is published from 21 locations across 11 states.

<i>The Indian Express</i> Daily broadsheet newspaper in India

The Indian Express is an English-language Indian daily newspaper. It is published in Mumbai by Indian Express Group. In 1999, eight years after the group's founder Ramnath Goenka's death in 1991, the group was split between the family members. The southern editions took the name The New Indian Express, while the northern editions, based in Mumbai, retained the original Indian Express name, with "The" prefixed to the title.

Screen was a weekly film magazine, published in India. Established in 1951, it was owned by The Indian Express publishing group. The magazine was acquired by Star group in 2015 and subsequently closed down. The brand name "Screen" has been retained by the group as its digital entity. The magazine's content focused on India's Hindi film industry, a.k.a. Bollywood, located mainly in Mumbai. It also had an e-magazine version.


Guy has written the screenplays for a few short documentaries and feature films. He has also produced a few advertisement films. [9] In 1999, he scripted a 100-minute feature film in English titled Tales of The Kama Sutra: The Perfumed Garden for a Hollywood film company, directed by Jag Mundhra. [8] It was subsequently dubbed into Hindi, Tamil and Telugu as Brahmachari. [2] [8] He later worked with the film's cinematographer, Ashok Kumar, on his trilingual production, Kaama (1999). He has written a Sinhalese film called Paradise Peak based on a best-selling crime novel written by him. [8] His recent works include Kamasutra Nights: Maya starring actress Namitha. [10] Maya is Namitha's first film in English. [10]

<i>Tales of The Kama Sutra: The Perfumed Garden</i> 2000 film by Jag Mundhra

Tales of The Kama Sutra: The Perfumed Garden is a 2000 Indo-American erotic drama film directed by Jag Mundhra, with original soundtrack by Tor Hyams. The film takes its title from the ancient Indian text the Kama Sutra but this only serves as a common link between the characters. The film is touted as a prequel to Mira Nair's Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love.

Jag Mundhra was an Indian American director, producer, and screenwriter best known for his early career as an American exploitation film writer-director. After his first dramas, Suraag, and the socially-relevant film, Kamla, Mundhra directed, in the late 1980s and the 1990s, a string of horror and erotic thriller movies for theatrical distribution and direct to video, including The Jigsaw Murders (1988), Halloween Night (1988), Night Eyes (1990), The Other Women (1992), L.A. Goddess (1993), Sexual Malice (1994), Tales of The Kama Sutra: The Perfumed Garden (2000), and Tales of The Kama Sutra 2: Monsoon (2001).

Hindi Indo-Aryan language spoken in India

Hindi or Modern Standard Hindi, is a standardised and Sanskritised register of the Hindustani language. In India, the official standardized variety of the language is based primarily on the Khariboli dialect of Delhi and other nearby areas of northern India. Hindi, written in the Devanagari script, is one of the two official languages of the Government of India, along with the English language. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India. Contrary to the popular belief, Hindi is not the national language of India because no language was given such a status in the Indian constitution.

Awards and felicitations

On 12 November 2007, during a function commemorating the fifth anniversary of Samudra, a magazine dedicated to art and culture, Guy was awarded the Gnana Samudra award in recognition of his contributions to the arts. [11]



  1. 1 2 "Romancing the reel". The Hindu . 25 November 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  2. 1 2 Varma, Shreekumar (13 November 2007). "Remembrance of things past". The Old Indian Express:Sunday Headlines. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
  3. Bhushan, Ravi (2007). Reference India. Rifacimento International. p. 106.
  4. Dutt, K. C.; S. Balu Rao; Sahitya Akademi (2001). Who's who of German Writers, 1999: A-M Vol 1. Sahitya Akademi. p. 439. ISBN   81-260-0873-3.
  5. Vasudev, A. (1988). Cinemaya: the Asian film magazine. p. 61.
  6. "Silk Route". Mint. 30 September 2011.
  7. "Randor Guy remembers it all « Madras Musings - We Care for Madras that is Chennai". www.madrasmusings.com. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "The GUY called RANDOR". Sify. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  9. 1 2 Fernandez, p 164
  10. 1 2 "Sensuous Namitha sizzles in Maya". yahoo.com. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
  11. "'Gnana Samudhra' award for Randor Guy". The Hindu: Tamil Nadu/Chennai News. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
  12. Mehta, Purushottam Pragji (1979). Indo-Anglian Fiction: An Assessment. Prakash Book Depot. p. 367.

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