The very watchable Arjun Rampal is in a daze after the fate that was met by his latest film, Rock On 2. “We all worked really hard to make a sequel that made sense. We never expected such a big economic policy change just two days before our release,” says the 43-year-old actor, who was also part of the cast of the 2008-prequel.
Talking about how the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes affected business of the film negatively, Rampal says, “We were suddenly staring at an audience with zero purchasing power. I have to admit we panicked. We had two choices. We could postpone our release or go ahead as planned. We did try to push it ahead. But it was not possible. We had to release, and the film took the brunt of the demonetisation. But no regrets.”
Arjun says the current move to eradicate black money is revolutionary. “No Prime Minister in the post-Nehruvian era has shown such dynamism. Mr Modi’s demonetisation scheme will change the course of our economic growth. If things go as per plan, our economy will be free of financial ills that have been plaguing us for decades. Who knows,we may soon be looking at a zero-taxation economy.”
Point out to him about the short-term inconveniences caused by the move, and Rampal says, “These are very small hardships when compared with the long-term benefits. So yeah, our Rock On 2 took a beating because of the demonetisation. But for the larger good, we need to make sacrifices.”