Amrita TV’s Projector Slides Up The Critical Content Of Film Reviews



Projector, Amrita TV’s authoritative and decisive film review show, with its hallmark of delivering impartial and objective appraisals, is all set to acquire more analytical muscle. The once-a-week cinema evaluation programme that checks out the latest releases on the silver screen is telecast every Sunday at 7.30 pm.

Projector is composed of 3 segments: Black & White traces the outline of the film, drafts the synopsis of the story, slowly building up the suspense without giving away the surprises and follows it with an unbiased reckoning of the film’s worth; Nagra scrutinizes the songs of different releases on the basis of its composition, picturisation, choreography and relevance, ranking them to select the 5 best songs of the week; Final Cut is the expert viewpoint section of a bigwig from the movie industry, who gives his assessment of the film, rating it on a scale of 1-10 and backing his estimation with convincing and credible explanations.

Since its launch, Projector, now in its 75th episode had acquired the reputation of being a thoroughly dependable film review programme. The viewer’s impression of its reliability and trustworthiness hinged on the fact that Projector held steadfast to the basic tenets of cinema reviewing- of conveying fair, unprejudiced and open-minded assessments of the films placed under the scanner. Unlike most reviews that appear in print or TV, it never painted a movie all in white or attempted to blackwash it to damnation, opting instead to show the whites, blacks and all the shades of grey in between. By following the neutral, middle-of-the road approach, the show doesn’t color the viewer’s outlook with its preferences or prejudices, or try to foist their convictions on him, but leaves the final judgment to the audience’s discretion.

Till now, Projector had refrained from condemning imperfections or denouncing substandard work. But in the episodes to come, the stakes will be raised; the reviewer will call a spade a spade and mince no words to lambaste shoddy or subpar offerings. No film, whether it is the virgin offering of a newbie director or the product of a veteran in the field will be spared the whiplash of its stringent criticism.

By refusing to compromise on its evaluative impartiality, Projector in the preceding episodes had left a trail of critically analysed films whose valuation coincided exactly with the audience’s opinions and box office success. Now, by upping the ante, to become the bane of bad film makers or of producers who throw quality to the winds to make a quick buck, Projector will be blazing new trails in the terrain of discerning and exacting film reviews.

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