- Charles Ives (1874-1954), American composer
They keep speaking about Kurosawa. But what about our directors, like Naseer Hussain and Ramesh Sippy? I’m sure they haven’t even heard of director Brij Sadanah, who has made a brilliant film Victoria No. 203. What about Manmohan Desai, Ramesh Sippy and Prakash Mehra? We have so many great directors. Just because some people have read too many books and watched too much cinema, they think they are superior. I’m sure even my driver has watched a lot of films but that doesn’t make him a critic.
- Rohit Shetty, Indian director
One of the many irritating side effects of the rise of the “multiplex film” in Hindi cinema is that it has encouraged critics and entertainment journalists to put everything that is not a “multiplex film” into one giant category - the Timepass, One Time Watch, Leave Your Brain at Home, Only For Dummies category. Films in this category are often tagged with another term: Bad.
A single pratfall is enough to set off a thousand keyboards in Pavlovian response, furious typing out condescending reviews.* How dare anybody find this funny?! But in reality the Only For Dummies category flattens out a wide variety of films of widely varying quality and the audience knows this. It’s why Ajay Devgn-Sanjay Dutt starrer Rascals was firmly rejected; why Arshad Warsi-Ritesh Deshmukh starrer Double Dhamaal did only okay; and why Golmaal 3 was a genuine word-of-mouth 100 Crore Club smash. All three are the same Only For Dummies genre and were reviewed equally poorly but Golmaal 3 had something special. Magical, even. And audiences responded.