Shah Rukh Khan defends Thugs of Hindostan failure


Mumbai : Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Thugs of Hindostan is turning out to be a box-office disaster as the film’s collection continues to fall. Thugs, which completed one week at the box-office on Wednesday, had slipped from Rs 50.75 crore on day 1 to just Rs 4.75 crore on day 6. Day 7 wasn’t that great for the movie either and the collection stood at a meagre Rs 2.5 crore.After smashing box office records on the day of its release, Thugs of Hindostan has been finding it a little hard to pull the audience to theaters. The action-adventure drama, starring superstars Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, has been panned by critics. A few fans of the two actors have even slammed them for not meeting expectations and have criticised them in strong words on social media. But actor Shah Rukh Khan believes it’s unfair to overlook the good work done by an actor if a film fails to impress.

“There are people who have given excellence to cinema for years. A film can be good, a film can be bad; none of us can ever claim ki ‘maine duniya ki sabsi achchi film banayi hain.’ Mr Bachchan and Aamir have been people who have constantly contributed to the excellence of cinema. The greatest contribution to Hindi cinema in the last 10 years has been from Aamir, and with Amitji, it’s been even longer. Now if a film of theirs (Thugs of Hindostan) doesn’t reach the level that you expected it to, does it take away from what they have done for cinema?” said Shah Rukh in a recent interview with The Telegraph.

I think some people have been a little too harsh. It’s heartbreaking. It doesn’t mean that their spirit is broken, they are all amazing artistes who will bounce back. But one needs to be a little less harsh. I think Stree was fabulous and we need to make 20,000 films like that. But I also think that Thugs of Hindostan is fantastic. Sometimes we do go wrong, but Aamir has never done a film in which he hasn’t put in his best… I’ve known him for 20 years. And if there’s anyone who can put in even more effort than Aamir — which Aamir will also agree — it’s Amitji… and at this age! So they’ve come in with good hearts and great talent and tried to make a film which tries to open up a new genre.

I may be speaking out of turn, but just like we have embraced Stree, we need to give some leeway to films like Thugs… that attempt something different. An adventure film has not been made in India in decades… probably Parasmani (1963) in black and white was the last one. Thugs… has tried to introduce this genre and kabhi kabhi upar neeche ho sakta hai. But the fact remains that in our cinema, we haven’t made an Indiana Jones and screw the comparison yaar, humne Pirates of the Caribbean bhi nahin banayi. So props to them for the attempt.

I have faced this with Ra.One… woh galat bann gaya, but at least mera effort tha to introduce superheroes into our cinema. Effort can’t be derided like this. If it was my film, it would seem like I was taking it personally, but yes, I am taking this personally.



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