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Journalists Should Try and Be Original in Their Work – Film Critic And Trade Analyst Adarsh Swaroop

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Press Freedom in India is inordinately misused, in the race to grab the highest TRP, most of the journalists and news channels in India have lost the basic ethos of journalism, almost everyone is running after sensationalism & to achieve that, print & TV media are indulging slander journalism which is very unfortunate.

  1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I am born and bought up in Agra, India. I belong to a business family but I chose my way to become a film critic. I have always been a movie buff & was exhaustively interested in film trade and box office collections since childhood, I was scrupulously focused on building a career in the same field.

  1. What is your opinion about press freedom in India?

Press Freedom in India is inordinately misused, in the race to grab the highest TRP, most of the journalists and news channels in India have lost the basic ethos of journalism, almost everyone is running after sensationalism & to achieve that, print & TV media are indulging slander journalism which is very unfortunate.

  1. Who is your favourite journalist and why?

My favourite journalist is Mr Komal Nahata because I found his approach neutral and fair compared to his contemporaries.

  1. What do you think about the quality of journalism in India and how can it be improved?

As I mentioned above, the quality of journalism in India is going downhill day by day, they have come to a stage where only TRP Matter to them, journalists and channels are heavily under political influence & have lost their neutrality. Searching for a neutral channel, newspaper & journalist is an arduous task nowadays. I would suggest our journalists focus on the basic ethos of journalism and stick to honesty & realism instead of being the puppets of political parties & their other sponsors.

  1. How influenced or biased can some film reviews be?

Every critic has their own perspective on movies, so they review according to their personal liking. When it comes to influence or bias-ness, it depends on critics & media’s personal relationships with the filmmakers and stars.

  1. What is your message to all aspiring journalists and film critics?

My message to all aspiring journalists & critics is – Always try to be a Brand, and create a brand instead of being a part of the brand. Amidst so much competition, aspiring journalists should try and be original in their work, think out of the box, be unapologetically blunt in their work & most importantly be extremely passionate about their work, there is no place for mediocrity in this field.

7. If you could interview one famous person, who would that be and why?

If I get a chance, I would like to interview our PM Narendra Modi because for me he is one of the most dynamic personalities India has ever produced, his way of accomplishing his goals is truly inspiring.

8. Which is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book is “Making Movies” by Sidney Lumet because it’s an invaluable resource for any film journalists who love cinema.

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