Amrita TV’s Projector is a clear-sighted film review programme that checks out the latest lab-fresh movies to hit the screens and estimates the watch-worthiness of the new releases by a 360 degree all- round exploration of its key elements. It will be telecast every Sunday at 7.30pm.
The opening segment Black and White starts off by unwrapping the bare bones of the story and hinting at the direction in which the tale is heading, without giving away the plot high points or the climax. It then gives a critical appraisal by taking stock of the artistic merit and mass appeal of the movie. Most reviewers take it upon themselves to help the viewer make up his mind by praising the flick to the skies or panning it to shreds . Projector travels along a novel route by presenting both the pros and cons of the release and then leaving it to the viewer to judge for himself whether the film is a must- view or can be given the go- by. 3 white or positive aspects of the movie are balanced with 3 black or negative points, using scenes and dialogues from the cinema to support the arguments. By not forcing the critic’s views upon the viewer or attempting to colour his opinion Projector takes a fair, even –handed approach to movie reviewing.
Nagra, the next segment concerns itself with a feature that is at the heart of every cinema-its song sequences that can spell the difference between a hit or a flop. The catchiest numbers of the brand new motion pictures are introduced and analysed in terms of its hummability, melody, composition, picturisation, its role in developing the story and so on. The music is then graded and the top 5 songs of each week are picked out.
Final Cut is the 3rd segment of the programme in which it is the turn of an expert to have his say. A well-known celebrity from the film fraternity voices his opinions on one of the releases . He rates it on a scale of 1-10, defending his score with reasons and justifications and convincing the audience with the soundness of his explanations.
By combining expert estimation with impartial summarization and balancing the favorable with the adverse, Projector takes the critical art of film reviewing to new heights.
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.