Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Of movies and opinions...

It is really weird and pretty irritating when a movie website, which claims to be unbiased, lets one of its reviewers ram his views down the readers' throats.
Yeah, TOI comes first on this list but I am not talking about that right now.
I am talking about rediff.com and Raja Sen.
Agreed each one has a different opinion about a movie and reviewers can only be human....but isn't it the duty of a reviewer to remain slightly (to say the least) unbiased and let the audience decide whether they really want to see a movie or not? It was fine till last year, though Raja Sen did mention that he thought 'Hazaron Khwaishen aise' as the best movie of 2005. and also he thought 'Darna Zaroori Hain' was interesting (that adjective is very tricky though).
But this time, I definitely don't like the way he has been promoting 'Omkara'.
First, he wrote a column on 'Why we need Omkara'.
Thankfully, they kept him away from the review.
And now he writes a column on 'Why Omkara blew my mind'.

Yes, I know - to each his own....but that would have been ok if he had kept his views to himself and not aired them as if he is the last word on movies, and also, his columns, fit for a blog did not find a place in a leading movie website, which actually pays him for the columns.

The bottomline of this ramble - personal agendas, opinions and self-indulgent columns should go into a personal blog, websites touted as being unbiased should contain a healthy balance of opinions and a larger picture of any issue rather than lopsided arguements, and shameless promotions.

3 Comments:

Blogger Reel Fanatic said...

I agree that many critics seem to go into movies with a pre-conceived expectation that colors what they see ... I still read a lot of critics' work, but with a huge grain of salt

Thu Aug 03, 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger Aparna said...

Very true...and it also makes for fascinating reading...but the 'I am right because I am a critic' tone puts me off.

Fri Aug 04, 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous gk said...

What you are saying...???

Omkara is one themovies which has done what exactly it was meant to do...

Kareena Kapoor said "Omkara will make people cry"...

And now everyone who has watched Omkara is crying..."WTF"...

:D

Sat Aug 05, 02:52:00 PM  

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