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Saturday, February 10, 2007

2nd show


some films must never be judged. you see, films have a more important reason other than mere entertainment, that reason is "to set the record straight".a testament to the times, almost like a news story, its just that, sometimes you simply have to know, you are the better having known it, there cannot be any questions like artistic merit, entertainment value, box office value etc etc.

surprised i'm saying that? i've actually never understood the business angle of films. did shakespeare write his plays keeping the audience in mind. or did the audience just become his mind?

look, i agree that when you put your money into something, especially something which means a lot to you and could to millions around you,be careful, but then dont get too expectant about rolling in cash, if your'e smart, you might just make whatever you invested. thats enough isn't it?

did da vince, michaelangelo,rembrandt,mozart,beethoven create their art keeping the potential money they'd make? well maybe they did later, but not when they started out...

because when they started out all they wanted to do was to experience the joy of creation. i think since men will never have the pleasure of bearing a child, you will find them more obsessed about building blocks,bridges and movies. instinctively a man knows he's not blessed with the fortune of a woman...the fortune that she has of being a creator....

anyways, i think i am digressing or maybe i'm not. anurag kashyaps 'black friday' is not worthy of a review. and by not worthy i mean...it simply shouldnt be reviewed.
how can you review a piece of film-making which is simply about putting the record straight...you cannot and should not judge it...because its not a film that wants to either entertain you nor enligthen you...it simply wants to put the record striaght with you...

and that it does with supreme success. the genre of films that 'black friday' belongs to is fast fading, actually its extinct...his effort will create a revival of sorts. for me personally, i saw bits and pieces of my own film in anurag's. ofcourse it has none of its strengths, technically or otherwise...but it reflects very closely with the soul of my film....
i take a lot of strength, confidence and motivation from that...if your'e reading anurag, thanks...

and, please i'm not being boastful...
i'm simply setting the record straight...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

man, i can understand that a film like black friday is not to be judged by the commercial yardstick but then if it is just to put the records straight and bring into light the unknown things happening in the social structure, then why did it have to face the censorship for such a long time, whereas the same kind of blood and gore are shown everyday, every minute in every television news channel.

so my point is if you are making a film then either it should rake up enough moolah and everybody is happy or become an art landmark., cause to bring about a change in the mindset of people through films is tough, cause we all indians know what is really happening in the society but do not have guts to stand up and blow the whistle if a problem is seen.

log filmon ko timepass karne aur potiyan paataanein ko hi jaatein hai boss, they want to run away from the realities of the world.

Anonymous said...

My friend yohan,

that was an interesting take on man's desire for creation. But i have to disagree on your contention that some films cannot be judged or reviewed. everyone has his own way of making a mark on others, and when anurag kashyap made this movie, he expected either fame or money or even both. Nothing unselfish about it. And when u chose this path of film making, You are in public sphere and cannot shy away from scrutiny. I guess standing up to such scrutiny is what makes a brave man. " me doing for myself (or society)" is definitely not a way out!