SRK roasts critics, says, “It’s a film, not a hotel for god’s sake”
On Sunday night, the Critics Choice Film Awards 2019 took place in Mumbai, and it was attended by who’s who of Bollywood.
Celebrities Alia Bhatt, Aditi Rao Hydari, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Neha Dhupia made a style splash on the red carpet. But, it was Shah Rukh Khan who stole the show with his humourous speech.
At the awards nite, he began his speech while teasing the audience by saying that they would have expected him to groove to his hit song Chaiyya Chaiyya but he chooses to speak about films and filmmaking.
A video on social media has him saying, “The scene opens at an opulent award function with the main protagonist. Anupama Chopra sitting in the first row, looking resplendent in her many varied shades of white. Now this version of Masand is a far cry from the younger, moustached one, whose complicated vocabulary we were so convinced by back in the day when I played an anti-hero. He is older, and a tad heavier.”
More importantly, stars like me or filmmakers like me have to change myself as an actor and as a filmmaker.
I have to promise myself to push the envelope as far as I can. It’s what my love for the art demands of me and filmmaking demands of me. I like to be superhero, a midget, a fan with a prosthetic face. To become an actor you need to deconstruct yourselves, you need to discard the self.” He further added, “We filmmakers have fought along to give more credit to constructive and jaded ideas. We search for art, we search for form without searching the essence of the stories. We find logic and disregard the free-spirit of storytelling. We have to remind ourselves that truth is formless, only untruths are formed. We as film fraternity have to be truer to ourselves, and hence to the stories we set out to tell.
So I request all my critics friends here, please don’t be like us Bollywood film stars, and get carried away by what Bollywood succumbed to many years ago - the star system.
The star system cannot be the only way of summing up films by our critics. 3 stars, 3.5 stars, 3 and a quarter stars, 5 stars....It’s a film, not a hotel for God sake. With critics sprouting all over, film critic is becoming an endangered species. Please let it not get replaced by consumer service.”