Farah Khan’s films are known for their high entertainment quotient, but hardly get criticial acclaim. And the filmmaker doesn’t care. “To each his own, but I think everyone has become a critic and I call them the critic mafia. Why would I want to impress them when I can impress 60 million people instead? This is a trap a lot of filmmakers fall into. They make a film to impress these four or five critics,” says Farah, who has directed Main Hoon Na (2004), Om Shanti Om (2007) and Happy New Year (2014).
The 51-year-old says that only boring films and tearjerkers get stars from critics. “The more boring a film is, the more stars it will get. If you cry in a movie, you think it is better and if you laugh in a film, you don’t think it has any merit. It is an extremely difficult task to make an entertaining movie, which is completely aesthetic and you can watch again and again. I think those are the movies I grew up watching.”
To other filmmakers, she says, “You should make what comes naturally to you. Every person on Twitter is a critic. Every person who watches a movie will write a blog or a review. You can’t go out trying to impress these people.”
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