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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

King Khan

Aamir Khan. I've always admired this actor. I concurred with his views. My respect just went up a few notches after reading this in BNB's blog


The media’s defence is that it is catering to readership taste. Do you think that’s true or is there a disjunct?

You know the press has often asked me — and it often asks other filmmakers — why do you make junk? These absurd over-the-top films where you exploit action or sex? Why do filmmakers indulge in trashy films, so what if they cater to the base needs of certain sections of the audience but there should be some restraint shown. See filmmakers are still entertaining (laughs), the press has got a much more responsible job. Some restraint you have to show, boss. Yes, human beings have all kinds of needs. I can name another ten you can cater to — you want to do that? Are you a newspaper? Or stop calling yourself a newspaper. Stop calling yourself a news channel. Call yourself something else. There are all kinds of entertainment going around. You can certainly indulge in whatever kind of software you want to make. But if you are catering to the news needs of people then you call yourself a newspaper or news channel. If you are catering to other needs then don’t call yourself that. See, I feel media barons and top executives are just looking at short term benefits, and in the process they are destroying society. Our loved ones live in this society — parents, children — everyone will be affected by this selling-out.

So which papers and channels do you follow?

Tehelka, The Hindu, and The Indian Express. I’ve stopped all the others. There might be other publications that I’m not aware of — regional papers that I’ve not read — that are doing good work. But what I feel is, as a citizen of the country, in the one hour, or half hour of news that I watch in the evening, I would like to watch things that are socially and nationally important. And that it is given the right kind of time and reporting. As a good reporter you have to give it your energies to report that matter properly, to investigate it properly and bring it forward properly to the people. That time has to be spent in investigative journalism and in debating important issues. If I want to watch news about entertainment there should be a separate section or show for that. All people who want to watch whose dog is lost and whose cat is getting married (laughs) — here’s your — on your own newstime you can watch whatever you want to watch.


  • i can't agree more. media voda double game nalla therinchadhu dhaan.

    yen cinema kaaranai mattum sollanum?

    Ahem! let me give it the Rahul Dravid treatment to a ball well outside the off stump :)

    koncha naal munnadi Frontline padichen, sema comedy :)

    By Blogger Prabu Karthik, at Tue Apr 04, 10:07:00 PM  

  • PK,
    Aamir Khan subscribes to The Hindu, Chennai edition :)

    When i was in Mumbai, i used to wait for the Chennai edition and get it on my way back from work, even if it meant reading the news late. Yeah, and Frontline too. No Slimes Of India or any other junk for me :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Apr 04, 10:15:00 PM  

  • sensible comments, surprised me.

    Used to read TOI(sports page and for scores only) in Mumbai. Scared to touch any other paper as I might be mistaken as hunting for 90%-nude pics!
    Used to read Hindu 36 hours late while in Bhubhaneshwar.

    By Blogger The Talkative Man, at Tue Apr 04, 11:16:00 PM  

  • Actually, you can even read THE HINDU even after 1 year. English will be good, detailed analysis of sports. And the left is always right :-)
    THE HINDU is a decent paper which is not for news ;-)

    By Anonymous F e r r a r i, at Wed Apr 05, 11:44:00 AM  

  • I love The Hindu, because I have been loving it since childhood.
    "Friday Features" (foremost), Sports page (like so many others, I too start reading from the last page) and other supplements has had been my idea of Hindu, though.
    I haven't read much to comment on the leftist leanings. But, I do think Hindu was restrained, not too loud; and the language was good.

    And I agree completely with Aamir Khan on Doordarshan, though I don't get to watch it anymore. Catchy background music on different news channels does sound terrible! But one gets used to it and doesn't pay much attention...

    By Blogger Zero, at Wed Apr 05, 12:28:00 PM  

  • Hey why are you guys ignoring the fact that Aamir also reads 'The Indian Express'apart from "The Hin du'&'Tehelka'.:)

    By Anonymous Cinefan, at Wed Apr 05, 05:10:00 PM  

  • *,
    Enga veetla Deccan Chronicle stop pannunga-na kekka mattengaraanga.. they say "its free or next to nothing.. why do you want to stop it"..


    TH is the best around.

    "Catchy background music on different news channels does sound terrible!"
    - BGM for titles or program ads are fine but as a BGM for disasters????

    And does anybody understand this funda of actresses going to the Jawans in NDTV????

    Sariya sonneenga :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Apr 05, 06:46:00 PM  

  • Hey why are you guys ignoring the fact that Aamir also reads 'The Indian Express'

    Cine Fan,
    I've tried very hard but am always forced to give IE a low rating coz of the following factors, compared to its peers:

    1. 60 yrs of journalism but no core competency(Financial Express < Eco Times, no other products)

    2. All jack-of-all-trades generalists, no specialists, no journalists that you can remember.(If Gurumoorthy is a journalist, then Mandira Bedi is a commentator :-))

    3. 60 years and not even one magazine to explore issues in depth:
    a.TH has FL and SS
    b.Manorama has Week(crap, but atleast its running for 20 yrs. Sustaining crap for 20 yrs needs some skill :-))
    c. Heck, even Telegraph which is less than 20 yrs old introduced SUNDAY. Sunday was good.
    d. Outlook forced India Today to become a weekly and cut its price to Rs.10 - Making a giant tremble straightaway, now THAT is an IMPRESSIVE debut!
    e. Slimes - paper might be slime, but Femina and Filmfare were too good.

    4. No spectacular coverage or memorable event:
    a. TH exposed Bofors(I am providing the links for ignoramuses and thinnai critics who think TH sucked up to Rajiv). Here's Frontline Link
    b. Telegraph has won awards for sending journos risking their lives to war locations.
    c. Outlook exposed match fixing 3 yrs before it came in the open.

    IE doesn't figure in any! BTW, let me add that Express Computer is decent[since my friend is one of the tech reviewers ;)]

    In short, IE is like Tamil Nadu cricket - not one single decent international player in 60 years but we keep shouting we have the most knowledgeable crowd :-)

    But now they have 8% stake in Mid-Day, TOI has 10% stake...Perhaps IE has decided to join hands with Slimes and Mid(riff)-Day to compete with FTV! Their Pick of the Sections is going great guns now.

    By Blogger The Talkative Man, at Thu Apr 06, 09:07:00 PM  

  • Thetalkativeman,
    What you mention about Express is correct and true. Agreed
    At same time, you cannot blatantly ignore the fact that The Hindu's standards have fallen down drastically mainly because of N Ram and his communist ideologies :-) The standard of news has deterirorated.

    Reason why people are shifting to other papers is because, Hindu is falling down :-) You cant deny that. Infact Express, chronicle etc must be thanking Hindu for the way it is right now ;-)

    By Anonymous F e r r a r i, at Fri Apr 07, 11:47:00 AM  

  • Ferrari,
    "The standard of news has deterirorated."
    If you are talking about editorials and op-eds its fine, though i may not necessarily agree. You may chose to throw the paper to the bin at the very occurence of the words "communist" or "left".
    If you are talking about NEWS REPORTING and claim TH is inferior to the others mentioned here, i think your bias is coming in the way of your judgement. If not having semi-nude pix of wardrobe malfunctioning in the front page, or writing about farmers' suicide instead of LFW is "left" or "commie" or N.Ram's conspiracy for you, then obviously you wouldn't like TH

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Apr 07, 06:11:00 PM  

  • No. I am not talking about ads. I am talking about the standard of newspaper. Editorials, and more emphasis on Dayanidhi Maran and communists. Biassed!

    For that matter even Sun TV has news and they cover in detail right? Just because their tamil is good, and they provide breaking news can we call Sun News as the best?

    I just have one question. You all have been reading Hindu for quite a long time right? Touch your conscience and tell. Is the Hindu same as how it was 15 years back? Dont you think the standard has come down? Dont get back to me saying, they are still better than others. Point I am trying to make is, The Hindu is on a decline.

    Correct. Wardrobe malfunction is not important. I am fully with you on this. But on the same lines, isnt varanasi blast more important than whats happening in china or tibet?

    Isnt preclosure of the parliament more important than who won the municipal elections in west bengal or kerala?

    By Anonymous F e r r a r i, at Fri Apr 07, 07:04:00 PM  

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