Hansal Mehta
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People's short attention span is a boon for Hansal Mehta

By HT

New Delhi, March 2 -- Every time his film is about to hit theatres, controversies seem to make their way to him, but filmmaker Hansal Mehta feels that viewers don't remember any controversy for long.

"We live in the time of attention deficit disorder, where everything is just 140-characters long. People have a very short attention span, it's so short that a 140-character long tweet can stir up a controversy and then they lose interest in everything really soon. Everyone just consumes one headline and ignores the details," says Mehta, whose recent film Aligarh invited tough cuts from the Central Board of Film Certification.

Though most of his movies have always been seen as content-driven cinema, and he has got a thumbs-up from critics for them, Mehta feels that 'film reviewers' club' has lost its exclusivity.

"Everybody is a reviewer today and anyone who has a Twitter account is a critic and we have to accept that. There is a relationship between a filmmaker and critic. A critic keeps a filmmaker alive and a filmmaker keeps a critic alive," says Mehta, who won a National Award for his film Shahid (2012).

However, the filmmaker has a few reservations about the method of reviewing a film. "I believe that nowadays healthy criticism is largely missing. I have nothing against people being biased but in the age of social media there are too many reviews and critics," he says and adds, "I am personally not in favour of the rating system. Don't trivialise my films into stars."