What to Read Next

The fall and fall of Manoj Night Shyamalan

Subhash K. Jha
9 June 2013

There was a time after 1999 movie "The Sixth Sense" when filmmaker Manoj N. Shayamalan was seen as the brightest filmmakers from India in Hollywood.

And then it all fell apart, film by film.

"Unbreakable" (2000) that followed "The Sixth Sense" was received fairly. But soon after, Shyamalan rapidly declined into the night with "Signs" (2002), "The Village" (2004), "The Lady In Water" (2006), "The Happening" (2008) and worst of all the 3D abomination "The Last Airbender", which apart from other atrocities, also revealed Dev 'Slumdog' Patel to be an extremely inept actor.

To be honest, one thought that 2010 release "The Last Airbender" to be a kind of closure on Shyamalam's career as spook merchant. We thought it couldn't get any worse.

But it just did.

In how many more ways could Shyamalan tell the same "Sixth Sense" story over and over again? The eerie has become progressively dreary in Shayamalan's oeuvre.

I for one waited to see him reinvent his career by taking on another genre...say, a comedy about a dead man who can see alive people.

Anything. Not this new film "After Earth" that showcases Will Smith's fatherly feelings in quite the same way that the other release this week "Yamla Pagla Deewana 2", a Hindi film, does.

If Dharmendra can pull himself out of semi-retirement to give his sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol a hand-up at the box office, why not Will Smith?

Earlier, Will and his son Jaden got together for "The Pursuit of Happyness". That film showed its makers couldn't spell correctly. This one exposes the people behind it can't make a movie correctly.

"After Earth" is a film set a 1,000 years from now when father and son Smith crash-land on earth. The earth, we are told, has witnessed a catastrophic end. But no catastrophe on earth can compare with what Shyamalan has done to the very charismatic Will Smith. This one is "Heaven's Gate" and "Jack The Giant Slayer" combined.

Blinded by fatherly affection, Will Smith sets out on a cinematic journey that takes him down several notches with no help from his director to reduce the momentum of the fall. The film doesn't move forward. It gambols in stylish zigzags that are meant to form some kind of an esoteric eerie pattern.

Finally, though, we are left with undecipherable shapes and signs signifying a state of heightened dementia. We are left looking at a film, which is as deplorably misguided in its filial impulses as "Yamla Pagla Deewana 2".

Maybe Hollywood's Will Smith and Bollywood's Deols - Dharmendra and his two sons Sunny and Bobby - need to exchange notes on how to channelise the family resources in a pool of productivity.

I remember just before the release of "The Happening" (not happening at all), I asked Shyamalan why his career lost momentum after "The Sixth Sense".

Protesting loudly, the filmmaker said, "I hear this a lot in India. It feels like everyone is five years behind. You can't judge my career by the box office alone."

I'd like to know how Shyamalan would like us to judge his career now after "After Earth".

18 Most Unreliable Cars You Don't Want To Buy

Save your cash. Don't purchase a lemon. Know the most unreliable cars and purchase a car with low maintenance costs.

Golfers: Hit Straight Every Time

12-Time PGA Winner Shows You How to Hit Longer, Straighter, More Accurately,_

G700 Millitary Tactical Flashlight

Get 75% Off World's Coolest and Brightest Flashlight. Check it Out Today!

Snoring is worse for your health than you think.

Snoring causes headaches, high blood pressure and fatigue. Each leads to something more serious. Here's a simple SOLUTION to a very serious problem.

Military-Grade Flashlight Should Be Banned?

Just released military technology has just been cleared for public use. Get this flashlight before it's banned! [Limited Supply]

How To Reduce Your Car Insurance to $19/Month

Your car insurance agent doesn't want you to know this. Cheapest car insurance rates from the #1 rated car insurance companies.

MS Treatments

Find Effective Natural Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis - Here

The Top 8 Inflammatory Foods

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to safeguard against foreign bacteria and infection. Here are 8 foods that can trigger inflammation.

Snoring can cause health and relationship issues.

Researchers found not only can snoring lead to exhaustion, headaches and high blood pressure. But could have more serious health implications as well.

Google Testing Wireless Chargers For Self-Driving

Hey, it’s not like they can plug themselves in.

Finally, a snoring fix that beats CPAP

Snoring causes headaches, high blood pressure and fatigue. Each leads to something more serious. Here's a simple SOLUTION to a very serious problem.

The Internet’s Little Secret to Big Savings

This site offers décor and more at up to 70% off

Do NOT pay your insurance until you try this.

If you drive less than 55 miles/day OR have no DUI's you can get auto insurance for as low as $29/ Month! See if you qualify.

Snoring can cause health and relationship issues.

Closed airways lead to snoring and sleep apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea can lead to serious health and relationship problems. I found the fix.