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A hit film’s mine, and a flop, yours: Who is to blame for failing movies?

Actors and filmmakers often indulge in blame game once the project fails.

bollywood Updated: Aug 31, 2016 07:55 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Anurag Kashyap,Mohejo Daro,Hrithik Roshan
Actor Hrithik Roshan reportedly sent angry texts to filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarikar.(HT Photo)

Actor Hrithik Roshan is rumoured to be upset with director Ashutosh Gowariker, and blames him for the failure of Mohenjo Daro. The magnum opus — made on a lavish budget of almost Rs 1.15 billion — was under production for almost two years. However, the film failed to impress the audience. According to reports, Hrithik sent angry texts to the director.

This, however, isn’t the first time something like this is happening in Bollywood, that one has seen a tiff between the lead star and maker of a film.

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Mohenjo Daro failed to make a mark on the audience. (Getty Images for Doha Film Institute)


It was expected to be a box office hit just like actor Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s 2013 project, Chennai Express. However, the two blamed each other after it failed. Rohit reportedly felt that SRK made a huge mistake by releasing the film alongside Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani. SRK, on the other hand, believed Rohit didn’t work hard enough on the film. According to sources, “They were supposed to do another film together but it has now been shelved.” The parting has not been amicable.

Actor Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker Rohit Shetty have reportedly scrapped their third project together.


It was marketed as one of the most talked-about films of 2015. However, speculations were rife that actor Shahid Kapoor blamed the sloppy script of the film (directed by Vikas Bahl) for its bad reception. It is said that the actor took up the project because of his friendship with Madhu Mantena, one of the four partners of the production house.

Actor Shahid Kapoor blamed the ‘sloppy’ script of Shaandaar for its failure. (Rohan Shrestha)

Bombay Velvet

According to reports, actor Ranbir Kapoor gave a statement saying that the film should be credited to the entire team that works on it and not just the actor. “I think the actor is given credits when the film is hit as I was also praised when my films were hit and now when it is a flop, the criticism should be taken by me because it was my choice to do the film. I worked on the film; people trusted me and went to theatres to watch the film. (But) it’s about team work. When a producer, actor, director, music director work together as a team, the film is a hit.”

Anurag, however, in an exception, took the blame on himself.

Read: Should have said no to many things in Bombay Velvet, says Anurag Kashyap

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap eventually took the blame for the failure of his film Bombay Velvet.

Kashyap later wrote a long post about trying to cope with the failure of Bombay Velvet.