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BLOG: Why Salman Khan Doesn't Care About Bad Reviews

'Race 3' has become a hit despite critics trashing it, is that why critics' opinion doesn't matter to Salman Khan?

There are two  kind of actors. Those who get deeply affected by reviews. And those who pretend not to be  affected by reviews. Then there  is a  third  category where  an actor genuinely doesn’t care  what critics think  or say. I am afraid  there is  only one  member  of this third super-elitist club. Salman  Khan genuinely doesn’t  care what  critics think. For  a very  long time he didn’t care about awards either and very openly said they were a farce.

That changed when Salman  actually started winning awards. He stopped badmouthing  awards. I don’t think favourable reviews  changed  his opinion on critics and  review. He got them in abundance — favourable reviews, I mean — for Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan, two recent Salman-fests that  I thought would change  the  course  of his career.

But his  opinion on critics — extended to a generic distrust of  journalists — is  too deeply embedded  in  his  consciousness to change.  I don’t think Salman cares even today what  critics and journalists say  and write about him. To that extent he hasn’t changed over  the years.  He has become more tolerant  of  certain  institutions such as the law and the media because  of his own experiences. He has also become less judgmental  and opinionated. Some  years a highly regarded friend-turned-foe journalist was  at the receiving end of  Salman’s sneering campaign when Salman, just before their  television interview, made smirking  references  to the  journalist’s personal life . This had no bearing on  the interview, no bearing on their professional  conduct. Here is what the unspoken deal between   a superstar, specially a  superstar called Salman Khan and the media is: he can  say and do what he likes. But the  media persons  must say and do what Salman likes. The yes-men who surround him — and that includes the directors/music directors who are working with him — make it easy for Salman to believe he  is always  right in his  attitude and by extension, in his selection  of roles. No one would tell him that  Race 3 is a disgraceful  addition to his repertoire of  films, especially at this juncture of his career when he has  the  captive audience to experiment  with  roles and  to extend the frontiers  of  his talent.

Sadly we see Salman making no effort to further his skills as an actor in Race 3. Why should he? When the world is at his feet? In spite of the  scathing reviews Race 3 has crossed the 100-crore mark during the  first  four days  of release. Salman will rightly argue that the audience loves  him and his cinema  so why should he  change his attitude towards his career or towards  anything in his life?
After Judwaa 2 released  I had  asked David Dhawan  how he reacts to criticism about his cinema  being the same even after  three decades. “Why should I open the bonnet of  my car when it is running smoothly?” David asked.

So while the  critics are busy looking for new ways to insult  Salman’s Race 3 he is already planning Race 4 probably with more  of everything we hated  in the current film. What do you want to do  about it?

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