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Yay it’s Friday! ‘And how I wish everyday was a Friday’ thought just struck me. As I wait to leave for home containing my excitement about the film released; all I see are reviews telling me whether I should or shouldn’t watch it. The reviewers literally hammer their thoughts in our minds making us vulnerable to the opinion of their own.
With Fan released today, I read through a few reviews and realize that none are at par with each other. This even reminded me of a dialogue of Shah Rukh – Kisiki aankhe aachi hain, toh kissi ke baal….’ Having read through many by now, I knew there was nothing that could change my mind. Suddenly a thought clicks - Have reviews lost their importance? Well if not me, a lot of stars agree! The many interactions with stars, when asked if they believe in critics anymore… their reactions have been appalling.
Of one such I remember when I asked Shah Rukh of how superstars are loved, but yet critiqued. And his reply came, “I’m not worthy of the love that I get, and sometimes I’m not worthy of the criticisms either. They are two extremes.” His answer didn’t come across as clear of what he meant, and then he continued “When somebody says ‘I can die for you’, I'm not that good for you to die. And when they say ‘I will kill you’, I'm not worthy of that either.” Leaving everyone around in splits, Shah Rukh, who was only half way through his conversation, was already winning hearts. This made me realize that the love for these stars is so immense that nothing can actually affect their stardom. If their fans want to watch a film, they will irrespective of what is being said about it.
The question strikes again. Does criticism affect a film’s viewership? It’s a two edged sword, one where the star’s are unaffected, and the other where the audience still reads these reviews. This takes me back to when Shah Rukh said, “There is nothing like constructive criticism.” And went on to say how he personally, like any another person, doesn’t like being criticized. True that.
But it is not just Shah Rukh, R. Balki and Arjun Kapoor talking on the success of Ki And Ka also condemned reviewers who said the film was thrash. Elaborating on it, R.Balki was not happy about reviewers take on the films as he believed them to have drilled their personal opinion in the minds of readers. He spoke about how his other film, Cheeni Kum, was thrashed and later re-reviewed only be given positive reverts. He believed that reviewers should review the film in totality and technicality, not in the perspective of what the reviewer has to face at his work or home.
The condemnation continues. A film every Friday will get a thousand reviews, but how many will be read? And how many will change minds? The audiences have become smarter. You thrash a film, or write a love note for it, it is the audience that finally decides the fate of the film. Anyone and everyone can be a reviewer today for that is the power of social media. But the power is not your own but in disguise. Like it is said – Many have ears, but not all listen.
By Stuti Srivastava
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