I quite enjoyed everyone’s responses to yesterday’s post asking what films were reviewed unfairly (and please keep adding on there if you remember more or this post reminds you of something!). Everyone gave delightful varied answers that went beyond saying “this film was good and they said it was bad” and instead into how exactly the film was misinterpreted and dismissed. Now, let’s do the same for artists! There are some actors and directors and composers that always get loads of critical acclaim and may not deserve it, and others that never get noticed and really should.
I don’t know much about music, not even necessarily what I like, but I do know that Pritam is a better composer than he gets credit for. He tends to do a lot of “sampling” from other artists from other countries, and he takes on too much work sometimes and the quality suffers, but that should take away from the fact that when he is good, he is really really good. Not just pop fun catchy good, but complex and difficult and original good.
Shahid Kapoor! Actually a really really good actor. He isn’t showy about it, but then that’s when the critics should notice it even more. In Padmavat I found him far more interesting than Ranveer, but Ranveer had the crazy wig and big gestures and it was just easier to pick him out as the talented one instead of Shahid’s subtle understated performance.
Karan Johar! You don’t have to like him as a writer, or even as a producer. Heck, you don’t have to like him as a director in his earlier stuff (although I think even if the camera work and lighting and stuff was blah in his early movies, the clever editing and directing of the actors still redeems him). But he deserves more acknowledgement for his achievements in ADHM, Bombay Talkies, and Lust Stories. His skill has grown enormously and yet his movies are still reviewed as though all there is to them is the performances and the story, no discussion of the visuals.
Now, who gets too much credit?
Ranbir Kapoor. He’s good, but I feel like more often it is turning into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Since Rockstar, whenever anyone thinks of something deep and emotional and very “actor-y”, Ranbir is cast in it. The critics should do a better job of drawing a line between a showy special role versus a showy special actor. And a better job of helping the audience to understand that “good acting” doesn’t have to be limited to the kind of parts that require a big obvious effort.
Okay, now you go! And remember, most comments before the end of the month gets a poster!