Director Sagar Ballary has openly attacked film critics after receiving unflattering reviews of his film, Hum Tum Aur Shabana. “I’ve heard most reviewers are bought over with money. How come no sting operation is done on them? Just because cinema is not a national issue,” Ballary fumes.
“Ballary further says, “I think the current crop of reviewers don’t know what they’re talking about. Incidentally, nobody dares to talk against a Salman-starrer because he will probably land up at the critic’s doorstep,” he said.
The filmmaker said none of the reviewers know the art of cinema. “Most of them get personal and none of them has any real knowledge of filmmaking. I’d appreciate if they comment on my direction. Instead, they’re getting personal...I’ve confidence in my craft,” he said.
Ballary feels critics are stuck on his first film. “I refuse to be typecast by the critics who have formed an opinion about me after Bheja Fry.”
He also feels critics need to be trained in the craft of film reviewing. “Sadly, today for a great art like filmmaking, we don’t have trained critics.”
Shahid’s tiff with critics after Mausam’s release
When film critic Taran Adarsh tweeted about Mausam’s declining business, the actor retorted back. Taran had tweeted: “Shahid’s biggest opener, Mausam earns R9 crore on opening day. Mausam earns R22 crore over weekend, biggest release in terms of print count and screens. Hence, numbers are below the mark.
The business trends indicate a decline on weekdays.” Shahid tweeted right back: “So all those trying so hard to screw Mausam can go screw themselves ... Waise bhi aajkal kuchh logon ke adarsh buri tarha gir chuke hain.” The film critic was taken aback by Shahid’s blunt response. He tweeted: “Abusing and maligning me on a public platform won’t help. Instead, get a reality check and introspect the shortcomings of the film.”
Salman calls audience his critics
Though, most critics ripped apart Salman’s Bodyguard just like they did with Salman’s other releases — Ready and Dabangg — the audience went gaga over it. “Audience is the final critic and if they like it, nothing else matters ... I make films to entertain audience and not critics,” Salman said. “Certain people have their ideals as to what kind of a movie it is. It’s a pure masala entertainer, don’t look out for logistics in it. Movie making is not rocket science. People have blind faith in him so we should question that the collections are unheard of,” said Kareena. Critics’ view clearly didn’t affect the film’s business as it emerged as one of the biggest films with box office collection of over 200 crore.