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R Balki’s  Chup Serial Killer Takes On  Film Critics 




The trailer of  R Balki’s Chup once again  shows R Balki  to be one of the most innovative  and  enterprising  filmmakers in Indian cinema. Never  afraid to break the glass ceiling , in his  debut film Cheeni Kum he  depicted a summer-winter love story between  Tabu and Amitabh Bachchan. In Shamitabh, Amitabh played  the ghost voice of  a mute superstar.

“The challenge is to do something completely unexpected. I like to surprise myself and  the audience,” says Balki.

The idea  to do film on  how film criticism affects  cinema came  to Balki after  his first film Cheeni Kam  was trashed  by  certain critics. The  film  went on to acquire a cult status.

“Why  only my film? Classics like  Guru Dutt’s Kagaz Ke Phool, K Asif’s ’s Mughal-e-Azam, V Shantaram’s Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje and Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay were rubbished  by critics. My film  looks at how adverse reviews impact  a  film,” says  Balki.

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