I look forward to Friday mornings to read a bunch of Hindi film reviews. I rely on my weekly rediff dosage to determine if I should put a new release on my 'should watch' list or not. Having lived in the US for 16 years, I felt the need to be selective regarding movies from my motherland. I enjoy reading reviews in general and have often felt that they are subjective, but so what? It's the reviewer's opinion and we should base our final judgment on several variables. While I understand how and why my brethren tend to get carried away by Mr. Sen's reviews, I think the personal attacks are unnecessary and frankly, foolish. One doesn't have to agree with another's point of view, but one must respect freedom of speech. If you disagree and love the movie so much, go watch it another time or send a passionate note to the filmmaker/actor/crew. Lambasting a writer's speech is unproductive, and grossly unbecoming to say the least. Would you rather be living in China or Russia where free speech is curbed every way possible?
Re: Reviews are subjective, so what?
by Arnab Banerjee on Jul 26, 2013 10:05 PM
and why mention only russia and china, look at your middle eastern brothers. In the UAE, a senior cop hit a pedestrian after a minor incident and another Indian filmed it, and the cops caught the indian who had filmed it.
Raja learns a few words and attempts to use them in his reviews. Lets look at his use of the word "alliteratively" to describe the film title Omkara. Alliteration isn't within a word, but use of similar/repetitive stressed syllables in a series of words or phrases. Am leaving alone the fact that there was no context or value of using this adjective at all. So do not depend on Raja to teach you English.
Another thing is that thoughts stated in simple words have a much greater impact than ones using less used ones.
Re: Raja's English
by Intel Midfield on Jul 27, 2013 06:07 PM
Actually Raja is writing GRE for many years and failing continuously.Let's wish he gets through it and move to stop sucking its reader any more.
Re: Raja's English
by Anuradha Sinha on Jul 27, 2013 10:00 AM
He was referring to Omkara as an alliteration for Othello, the Shakespearean play it was based on. There is nothing wrong with his English. :)
Re: Re: Raja's English
by shobha gomathi on Jul 27, 2013 10:47 AM
Except that so many don't understand it! There is no glory in throwing difficult phrases and words. Indians have a big problem with keeping things simple. No wonder the country is such a mess :)
Thank you Mr Raja Sen,as my English has improved a lot since the time I started reading your review. One of my friends even scored 8.0 in IELTS and always says that he will forever remain thankful to you....
Just like u say to movie people that their movie is bad....same should be told to you ..ur reviews are bad....it is time for career change..who in their presence of mind can say....Looterai..is a nice movie..the concept of putting a flower on the tree is nice(for tv serials- which has been made on this subject...based on the book)...but extending that to a movie..without bringing something interesting...is not good..hence, proven by collections.....and majority of movie audiance..so on 360 degree appraisal....u dont qualify to be a critique......u should have said..from diretion point of view(if is at all)..the movie may be good..but not from entertaining point of view..u should learn how to classify things..not from your personal perspective but audiance perspective...
Re: Message for Raja Sen
by souvik ray on Jul 26, 2013 02:45 PM
I don't like raja sen's review at all, even didn't like lootera review, but the Movie was amazingly beautiful. Deserved 5 stars without a doubt.