Ep.6: Interview with movie buff Anmol Ahuja
Updated: Jul 28, 2019
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Our sixth episode is with “Anmol Ahuja”, an Architect at A.B. Lall & Architects, content writer & also a part-time reviewer at Cinemaholic.com. He lives in Delhi & has been reviewing for the last 1 year. He draws his inspiration from the power of Films & his favorite reviewers are Roger Ebert & Peter Travers!
So, Let’s start!
How would you describe yourself & your love for movies? (Our audience is very supportive of you but they keep very very busy so tell in only 140 characters)
I treat movies like an extension of our daily lives, only on celluloid. An infinitum of stories to be told, each beautiful and unique.
So, are you an accidental movie reviewer or was there some planning to it?
Far from planned, actually, but there was always an innate desire to do something productive with my compulsive cinema watching and ranting on for hours about it later. An opportunity knocked one fine day, and I found myself reviewing for this site!
“Everything isn’t an achievement” but also “Achievement ain’t everything”. Can you tell us 3 of your biggest & most satisfying achievements?
Long, long way to go. I have barely even begun. However, these are tiny little milestones I have felt happy about.
Recently published my 50th article with the website, a special one.
2. I got to know very late that the blog was IMDb certified, and all reviews I wrote were featured on IMDb under the critics’ section. This came as a surprise actually!
3. I wrote a deconstruction piece on ‘Dunkirk’ last year in July, and that received a lot of praise and love from friends and readers.
“Many people ignore those movies which have pathetic reviews”. Do you agree? If yes or no both, then reveal today your secret style of a successful movie review?
Yes, and no. If the movie has a superstar at its helm and the hype is positive, people flock to the theatres nonetheless; reviews don’t matter then. Paradoxically, a film that is content oriented will have the people looking for positive reviews to make a decision! There is no secret style actually. I try to make it as personal as possible. If a film affected me or made me feel something, I positively try to emote the same to the readers.
You work with a famous platform “Cinemaholic”! So, are there any perks of the job or any interesting encounters that you have had with celebrities?
Yes. Celebrities are definitely a far cry, even years hence! And that was never the motive either. My editor in chief started small, and today we have a respected level of readership across a few countries. One definite plus is that since the operations are spread across contributors from different countries, you sometimes get early access links or screener links to TV shows or films to review.
“Mediocre work isn’t worship”. As a person who innovates & loves what he does, how would you explain this statement to Indian society?
I would digress and explain it. I believe ALL work is worship: sometimes it produces mediocre results, sometimes good. Never stop trying should be the punchline here, but I have never been good at delivering punches!
“Most people would tend to think that your field doesn’t pay enough”. What’s your view on that? & also, what’s your bigger plan?
It doesn’t. That’s a harsh truth I reckon every night as I struggle to keep my eyes open, sipping on coffee, banging my head on my laptop over a line I forgot. The bigger plan is that this remains a part of me, whatever I do or end up doing. Fingers crossed!
Our audience loves texting! Do you have any message for them?
Excelsior! That really is all.
Not trying to self-promote, or maybe I am, but then what are your thoughts on our platform Rhymly? You can use more than 140 characters this time :p
I think it is a wonderful platform for innovators with words, and their library is thorough and diverse, even at an early stage in its being. It has a sense of a community of ‘rhymers’ which is ingenious in my opinion.
Finally, Our audience is insomniac & has no option but to read something to sleep! So, can you share a link to your latest review?
So, that’s it for today! You can follow Anmol’s work & he would definitely love a constructive feedback on his work from you guys!
We will also be back in a few days with Ep.7 with another creative person.
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