This is a review of a movie I never saw. A movie that I really wanted to see. All the reviews were promising. Great. Last Saturday morning was when I noticed that the movie (despite its good reviews) was running only in one theatre, Inox and one early afternoon show. Raja had some work that day so we decided to watch it on Sunday. On Sunday morning there was a brilliant four star review in the newspapers again which reaffirmed our resolve to watch it. But this day, two days after its release, I could not locate the movie in Inox or any theatre for that matter. It had just vanished. Ironically, this movie had wonderful reviews by the reviewers, signifying a good product that even passed the normally unhappy film critic community, but no theatres.
There were many other movies that were playing in all the theatres, none of which I was keen on watching. I found it quite surprising that movies with bad reviews were announcing that they were super hits, that they were into their third and fourth week. How could they? Had they bought over the theatres for a price and were playing movies in theatres so they could pronounce them as super hits? Fro the kind of budgets we hear, this amount would be paltry. You could as well book all the tickets and fool the audience over a period of time that it is worth watching. Which means that the audience has really no choice despite all that talk about public being bhagwan and Janta Janardhan etc. I really want to see Phas Gaye Obama, so I will have to wait for the DVD. I also don’t want to see any of these other movies that are proclaimed super hits even before they are released.
Like most other things even these seem fixed. The super hits, the awards, the super stars, the hype. The real cinema, real talent might just get bored and leave. I however urge them to make the movies they want to, that they believe in. The tide will turn against this sham sometime, hopefully soon. You can fool some people for some part of the time, not all people all the time!