Journalists Should Try and Be Original in Their Work - Sumit Kadel (Film Critic And Trade Analyst)

Sumit Kadel

Press Freedom in India is inordinately misused, in the race to grab 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 into slander journalism which is very unfortunate.

 

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I am born and bought up in Kolkata, 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 films trade and box office collections since childhood, I was scrupulously focused on building a career in the same field.

 

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

Press Freedom in India is inordinately misused, in the race to grab 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 into slander journalism which is very unfortunate.

 

3. Who is your favourite journalist and why?

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


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

As I mentioned above, 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 & journalists 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. 


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

Every critic has their own perspective towards movies, so they review according to their personal likings. When it comes to influence or biasness, it depends on critics & media personal relationships with the filmmakers and stars. 


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

My message to all the aspiring journalists & critics - Always try to be a Brand, create a brand instead of being a part of the brand. Amidst so much of 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 for 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 personality 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 its an invaluable resource for any film journalists and who love cinema.

 

- Sumit Kadel (Film Critic And Trade Analyst)

 

Sumit Kadel



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