Oh boy! A good post for me to write while I am feeling like a bit of a Grumpy Gus. If I try really hard, I might be able to come up with 3 directors I truly dislike. Maybe even 4!
Shoot, I can’t think of a single director where I dislike everything they have made. I am too nice to write this post. I’m gonna have to settle for directors where I generally dislike their films and dread having to watch a new one.
Blech, Shankar. Regressive views of female characters that largely revolve around shame-based virtue, incredibly superficial concept of relationships, black and white ethics with no space for the real world. And massive big budget sequences that only work half the time. Hate hate HATE Indian, kind of like Jeans and Boys, neutral on Robot/Enthiran, I is just so weird I can’t decide how I feel.
Bhansali, my nemesis! As I am trying to get the world to take Indian film seriously and look beyond the stereotypes, Bhansali is fighting just as hard to keep those stereotypes going and prevent any critical thought. A flood of rich visuals in support of fairy tales of tragic love, idealization of suicide, female characters that revolve around romantic love as their single virtue, motivation, everything. Hate hate HATE Devdas, Padmavat, Bajirao, kind of like Khamoshi and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, neutral to bored distaste for Ram-Leela and Saawariya.
Balki, the blowhard you put up with because you like his wife but wonder why she is still with him. Thinks he understands people but is really just repeating some basic concept of human nature someone else mentioned once, especially related to women. Interesting initial concepts that never move on to any higher level of character growth or complications, twee film style that quickly becomes bland without a strong cinematographer to support him, incapable of questioning or having an original thought about anything. Hate hate HATE Ki & Ka and Mission Mangal, kind of like Cheeni Kum, neutral on Paa.
The guy with some good ideas who just got lazy. King of the simple moral, the easy lesson. High concept film idea, followed by over the top cartoonish performances, and a moral repeated again and again and AGAIN until it loses all meaning. Nothing to challenge the audience, nothing to make them work to understand, and nothing to challenge the filmmakers either. The easy answer, all dressed up and put on the plate before you. Hate hate HATE Sanju, kind of like Munna Bhai MBBS and 3 Idiots, neutral on Lago Raho Munna Bhai and PK.
Okay, that’s my deal. Who are your disliked directors, and what are your “hate hate HATE” movies?