Mumbai: "Bangistan"s debutant director Karan Anshuman said becoming a film critic wasn't ever his preferred choice of career since he always wanted to become a director.
"I always wanted to become a director since several years even before I became a critic. Becoming a critic though was a detour in my career. But I always wanted to be a director since I was a kid," he said at a media interaction for his film.
A film critic for one of the leading tabloids, Anshuman was known for his innovative style of reviewing films.
"It was just for some time that I decided to write about films. I really understood a lot about cinema especially Indian cinema in terms of the current trends, what are the kinds of films people are making, what does the audience likes and not like, what do I like and what would I like to make. So that really helped me in shaping my first film," he said.
About the difference between filmmaking and critiquing films, Anshuman said: "As a filmmaker you are responsible for many people, your cast and crew, your audience and you're just trying to make the best you can for all of them.
"As a film critic, a review is just a reflection of your personal thoughts on a certain film and how you liked or disliked or how it could've been a better film or to highlight the good points. It's ultimately up to the reader to choose to listen to you or not."
Since the start of the promotions, he has kept a low profile and let his lead actors Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat handle the promotional duties and might be hoping that on August 7, other critics aren't too harsh on his film like how he might have been on some films.