I already put up my Wednesday Watching post, here’s a bonus one for us. It’s something that I’ve been puzzling over and don’t have a good answer for, but thought might make a good discussion for us and maybe we can find an answer together, or at least get closer.
Now, question for you! Which is just sort of a discussion question.
Can/should Superstars play negative characters?
Salman Khan won’t play a grey character, because he feels it would influence his fans too much. That is, he doesn’t believe his fans will be able to separate his character who is doing bad things and they shouldn’t imitate him from the actor they love and want to imitate. This came up again recently because he just joined the Race franchise, which is all about morally ambiguous characters and according to reports there was a lot of back and forth on the script before Salman found it acceptable.
(Morally ambiguous characters and super sexual songs, two things Salman won’t do. Very curious what this movie will be like)
Meanwhile, Shahrukh got his start by being willing to play negative roles, in Baazigar and Darr and Anjaam. And then later in Don and Fan. However, the audience consistently cheered for him. Even when the script and directing made it abundantly clear that he was supposed to be the antagonist, not the hero.
Prithviraj down south recently put out a statement saying that he will be careful moving forward to only take films in which his rapist and/or stalker character was the clear antagonist. He wasn’t saying he would never play those roles again, he wasn’t limiting himself as an artist in that way, just that he would be very very careful and make sure the script passed not just his artistic and moral standards, but would be clear to the audience. But then on the other hand, how can he know that? The audience is always capable of misunderstanding, of blindly following the hero actor movie to movie.
I honestly don’t know, what do you think? No negative roles at all, negative roles if they inspire you as an actor, or negative roles only if they pass a high standard to make sure the audience will understand them?