There was a time when respected film journos, who had some understanding of the craft of film making would publish their critical analysis or appreciation of the recent movies and that business had some kind of validity.
I don’t like the whole business of movie reviews. There was a time when respected film journos, who had some understanding of the craft of film making would publish their critical analysis or appreciation of the recent movies and that business had some kind of validity. The idea was to appreciate the arts rather than tear down someone’s hard work purposefully.
I’ve heard stories about how Mrinal Sen was severely critical of Satyajit Ray, till he started making his own movies and realized how astounding a feat moviemaking was.
I think, with popular movies, it was Khalid Mohammad who started the trend of critic’s voice being excessively haughty and impervious to a filmmaker’s plight. But at least Khalid knew a thing or two about filmmaking. It has been a straight downhill in film criticism ever since. Frustrated writers and filmmakers are spewing the venom of their highly opinionated, shallow and judgmental views under the garb of ‘reviews’. These are negative people and sadly, they know very little about filmmaking.
Anyway, before this post becomes a rant, I must tell you why I’m posting this. My friends, right from my school days have been telling me that I should do a review column for some newspaper / magazine (and there are others who think I must do a relationship advice column, but more about that some other time) and I’ve been telling them ‘No, I can’t’. I couldn’t explain why, but I think I’m the opposite of a ‘film-critic’. I find beauty, goodness and redeeming factors in almost every movie I see and even if I point out something bad, I do it ever so apologetically. :p
So just for fun, I did a couple of reviews under my Facebook ‘Notes’ section. Here is one of them. Have fun reading. Don’t miss out on Anurag Kashyap’s comments on this review, scroll down after reading the review – the comments are immediately after. Do post comments yourself Dah’lings! For me, you all are no less than Satyajit Ray or Anurag Kashyap.
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