Thursday, May 13, 2010

Filmi Girl smacks down the Associated Press!

So, I came across this obituary for dear Mac Mohan on the Variety website:

Bollywood character actor Mac Mohan, who memorably played one of the dacoits gang in Sholay, died of cancer Monday in Mumbai, India. He was 71. Mohan played Sambha, one of three gangsters sent to terrorize a village in the 1974 blockbuster, which combined parts of The Magnificent Seven with story elements from various other oaters. While his lines were few, they became so frequently recited that he was later nicknamed "Sambha."

Born Mohan Makhijaney in Lucknow, India, Mohan started out in theater and then made his film debut in Chetan Anand's
Haqeeqat. Over a career lasting more than 45 years, he acted in nearly 175 films; despite his small, unimposing physique, he usually played a member of the villain's gang.

Mohan is survived by his wife, Mini, and three children.

I'm sure you are all yelling at your computer and/or iPhone screens as you read this but hold on, gentle reader, for I sent in the following e-mail.

To the editor,

I was very dismayed to read your coverage of the death of Mac Mohan.

Sholay was released in 1975 not 1974; Mac's character was named Sambha in the script and he only had one line. Sambha was not one of three gangsters sent to terrorize a village, he was one of many in arch-villain Gabbar Singh's gang and it was Mac Mohan's innate charisma that made him stand out from the crowd.

Not only was your piece filled with factual errors but was also extremely disrespectful. Was it really necessary to mention that Bollywood masterpiece
Sholay was partly influenced by The Magnificent Seven? You certainly didn't find it necessary to mention that the Hollywood potboiler was itself influenced by Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. It's beyond inappropriate to get in a dig at supposed Bollywood copycatting in a piece that is supposed to be a tribute to a great character actor's life.

Their response was basically this: The AP wrote it, we just published it.

Okay, fine, you didn't write it - but you PUBLISHED it. Does that mean that at least some minor fact checking should go on? Or if you don't know the facts how about this... don't publish it at all. That way you run no risk of reducing the life of a great Bollywood character actor to a joke.

xoxo Filmi Girl


Daddy's Girl said...

Nice work, FG! Love it when you take these people on - their excuse is SO lame - like you said, just a little fact-checking is the least they could've done.

Random Musings said...

Bravo! :)

myrna-nora said...

*applauds FG*

Shell said...

No matter how inaccurate the press may be, at least our favorite actors can rest easy knowing that they've got fans like you to set things right, in each and every little way!

Mac Mohan would surely be proud that you're standing up for him and his memory!

Note from Filmi Girl:

I love Bollywood - and all the ridiculous things that happen in Bollywood - but it doesn't mean that I can't occasionally make fun of various celebrities and films.

If you don't like my sense of humor, please just move on by - Trolls are not appreciated and nasty comments will be deleted.

xoxo Filmi Girl
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