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HindustanTimes Mon,15 Sep 2014

Rats of a sinking ship: Should actors disown a flop film?

Medha Shri Dahiya, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 13, 2014
First Published: 17:31 IST(13/8/2014) | Last Updated: 18:03 IST(13/8/2014)

When films are a hit, actors throw big parties. When their films flop, some among them distance themselves from it. Actor Saif Ali Khan and Bipasha Basu called their last release, Humshakals, a ­“mistake”, and said they “won’t work with Sajid Khan (the film’s director) again”.  The filmmaker fraternity has, however, have started a debate on whether it’s okay to ­pass the blame.

Also read: Movie review: Saif Ali Khan is the worst thing about Humshakals

“When a film works, every actor tries to take the credit, but you should also take the discredit when it does not work, because filmmaking is teamwork,” says actor-producer Ajay Devgn.

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Filmmaker Mohit Suri agrees by saying that it’s “unethical” to blame just the scriptwriter or director for a flop. “Instead of blaming ­anyone else, I blame myself if a film doesn’t work. I feel I must have done something wrong or lacked in effort, instead of blaming it on the writer, actor or anyone else. I feel it’s better to introspect,” says Suri.

Directors Mahesh Bhatt and Madhur Bhandarkar feel Bollywood goes by the adage, ‘success has many fathers, failure has none’. “One must accept it as part of the team, and not ­disown their film just because it didn’t work,” says Bhandarkar.

Bhatt says that may take courage, but there will always be someone setting the right example: “It takes men of a different mettle to take failure with their chins up.” Bipasha, however, justifies, “I was extremely disturbed by the end result of the film and couldn’t stay connected.”

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