They love to hate them. But they obviously aren’t impervious to their caustic remarks, their witticism and more important their praise. Why else would every hotshot filmmaker in town make an appearance at the private screening of Vishal Bharadwaj Kaminey hosted by Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor on Sunday night?
Honestly just check out this line up! Karan Johar, Imtiaz Ali, Anurag Kashyap, Rakeysh OmPrakash Mehra, Ken Ghosh, Nagesh Kukunoor, Parmeet Sethi, Ramesh Taurani, Kumar Taurani, John Mathew Mathan, the list is long-winded. With Kaminey having released in Mumbai, Thane and Pune on August 17, filmmakers who had read the critics wax eloquent on Vishal’s latest offering, set egos and creative differences aside to be present under the same roof.
One of them confessed, “I had a burning desire to know what it is about the film that got a unanimous thumb up from the reviewer fraternity.” He added, “Many of us in this room have only borne the brunt of the journalists sharp nibs, we were dying to know why this film is any different.” Anurag Kashyap said, “I’m seeing it for the third time in the last three days… because I’m in agreement with the critics and think this film will change the idiom of Bollywood cinema.”
Hosts Shahid and Priyanka had a tough time accommodating their talented guests, and had to actually organise two back-to-back shows to make sure Bollywood’s talent bank were appeased. Priyanka even managed a dress change for the two shows – she wore a short beige number first; and then went into a chic black mode. A harrowed Shahid tried hard to accommodate each of his guests in the best possible way, and Vishal Bhardwaj looked like an eager school boy receiving compliments with a flourish.
A trade analyst present on the occasion says, “Every filmmaker whose film has been trashed by the pen-pushers makes his displeasure evident when the review hits the market each week. However, they can’t help but be extremely curious about what the critics say. Honestly, why else would these guys turn up in these numbers with wives/girlfriends/families together to applaud another filmmaker’s work? Obviously, the critics have got under their skin.” So the next time, a filmmaker gives you the line on how critics don’t matter, only the box office does… you know it is a case of grapes being sour. The incident clearly shows that you can love or hate critics, but you can’t be indifferent to them.