Friday, August 8, 2014

I don't dance at weddings; that's not my job.

First of all: KICK REVIEW PODCAST! And please do let me know your thoughts on spoilers. I've tried to be exceedingly careful because a) I used to get complaints about giving away the plots of films and b) I know too often "reviews" are just rehashing the plot and you can get that on wikipedia and I feel there should be something out there for somebody who hasn't seen the film but wants an idea of what to expect but… maybe that's not useful to you guys? I'm happy to change my internal guidelines on spoilers but only if you think it would be useful.

OKAY! And now for possibly the most gripping piece of cinema I've seen out of Bollywood this year. I highly recommend watching the entire video. 

It's just so refreshing to see Rohit Shetty calling out Anupama Chopra for all the bullshit that goes on in critical circles. Why do certain, equally "unrealistic" films get a pass with the critics while his do not? Why is "massy" automatically bad? And now that he's had some solid hits, it's all fine and good for the elite who trashed his films to come crawling for roles?

Anupama Chopra's awkward laughing as Rohit Shetty rips critics to shreds is just… gripping viewing.

And Ajay is hilarious, letting Rohit Shetty answer all the questions until Anupama asks him why he doesn't do awards functions. And Ajay has choice words to say:

"I don't dance at weddings; that's not my job."


It's good timing coming on the heels of my post yesterday--for the record Odadune, I agree Rajeev is inherently creepy--but there's this idea of ownership of actors. That you can buy them for x amount of rupees to dance at your wedding or because we've bought tickets to their films, we own them… quite frankly, it makes the hero-audience relationship feel so cheap. Is that all a hero is? Something to be purchased? That the only difference between a Zayed Khan and a Shahrukh Khan is the price tag on his wedding appearance fees?

Not that anybody can remain 100% ideologically pure except the already-rich. So, I'm certainly not going to begrudge anybody the chance to earn some cash doing ads or cat walking for fashion houses but it's important to keep these issues up front. To at least think about what it means to be purchased for the ultra-wealthy's exclusive entertainment for a few hours.

One final point I'd like to make is this idea of Rohit Shetty not being able to make something like 3 Idiots because he has no formal education. As a librarian, can I just say… FUCK FORMAL EDUCATION. I learned nothing useful about life in formal education. Everything useful I learned in life, I learned myself through experience and just reading lots and lots of books. Anything I could get my hands on. There's a huge difference between a lack of formal education and a lack of knowledge and curiosity about the world. Many, many people WITH a formal education remain uninformed and close minded. #justsayin


Moimeme said...
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DPSF said...

This interview is great!
Rohit Shetty's films don't all appeal to me but that's no reason to look down upon them. I mean, if so many people love them, you certainly can't say it's just bad. it doesn't make one any smarter to just brush off commercially successful things like that... I've always hated that with the critics. of course you'd probably have different tastes when growing up in a privileged background than in the "mass", but they're not better tastes!
Their take on the awards functions is great too (though i love to watch the star performances in those functions)

About your reviews, I love that they are spoiler-free! I know I can always read them without worrying. I get to watch movies generally only months after their release, and it's hard to resist reading reviews and avoid spoilers, because I'm obviously curous about the movies i want to watch, but i know I can always read your posts!

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Miranda said...

This is just SUCH a satisfying interview. My tastes may not align with the Rohit Shetty team always, but I love so much "trash" cinema as they put it from other decades (I'll pretty much watch Mithun Chakraborty in anything in any decade, within reason) that I can't help but love these two guys for standing up for themselves and their work. I loved that moment where Shetty compares Chopra's trademark fantasy with his own, and asks the question [as he should] why should one form of film fantasy be elevated over another?

P.S. As usual, I appreciate the "massy" [lol] perspective you and Asim provide at Upodcast.

Thelondongirl said...

I still want to see a translation of the Salman Khan interview she ( Anumpana, is that how you spell it?) did because I feel that Salman was being interesting, I wasn't really his fan until, yes until, I saw him on Koffee with Karan. He was very honest and forthright about everything not what I expected.

There is definitely a need for masala films, I just don't want to lose the soul of the kind of hindi films that I love, that were not made for that short attention span type audience, but took a long time to boil and were very satisfying in conclusion. There is room for that too, but if it s all about money now, maybe not

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