Bachchan — 167 (Eid Greetings and on Drona)
satyam | October 2, 2008, 2:15 PM | one comment | 325 views


“I had said I would give my opinion on ‘Drona’ but we never saw it the day we were supposed to and when we did, shortly after most others had seen it too and given opinion, so it seemed to me futile to say or comment. I will say though that there is a magnificence in the concept of the film and its presentation. Visually it is a delight, the likes of which have not been seen in Indian Cinema. There is no lack of effort by those connected and a ’subtle grace’ in the shifting of the story from present to the fantasy, as expressed by a journalist friend. It is a brave and courageous effort to show quality and attempt something different; something that is first. And how many times in our life can we say we did something ‘for the first time’; an observation from a senior colleague of the fraternity.

Everything beyond this is commerce. Something that I always fail to address with any sincerity.”

“Better to be on a horse and fall to get back up again on the saddle and ride, than to face the ignominy of never having mounted one ever !”

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  1. satyam

    Satyam says:
    October 3rd, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Glad to hear your opinions on Drona. I have not seen it yet (will only do so tomorrow night) but I see already the vicious media reaction to the film. Now I do not blame the media for not liking the film. Not every experiment is successful, critically or commercially. But there is a certain animus evident in many of these pieces and certainly a complete lack of professionalism by the reviewers.

    A genuine star and of major magnitude as Abhishek certainly is cannot be pulled down by disappointments here and there, even major ones. The ultimate fate of Drona remains to be seen but even if the experiment does not work so what? Abhishek still has some of the best projects in town going forward. Yes, since Guru he has been unlucky to a certain extent barring Sarkar Raj but these things happen in a film industry. A star can only be ‘felled’ with age (unless of course the star is someone called Amitabh Bachchan who keeps defying time!), the other failures disappear as long as major successes eventually follow. The critical thing is to learn equally from failure and success. Abhishek has suggested in many interviews that he does both.

    I again hasten to add that we do not know Drona’s ultimate fate yet and my own comment really gets to the media reception. It is not the negative reviews I object to, just the nonsense to be quite frank about it. And of course Abhishek has always received the latter in ample measure!

    I will put up my views on Drona once I do see it. The one final point I would make here is that Abhishek has been a rather sincere star-actor and as such does more ‘risky’ films than any other peer of his when one combines volume with subject. As such a success or a failure do not really say anything about the next project as the genres are usually completely different. Usually a star maximizes his impact at the box office when he clings to genre. This is the rule in every film industry. When you do things differently you sometimes have to wait a bit longer to get where you really want to be but you do build enormous prestige along the way and especially when you actually get there. The best example of this is Aamir Khan.


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