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Jagga Jasoos flop: Blame game for failure reflects Bollywood’s buck-passing habit

The box-office failure of the film, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, has led to stinging criticism of director Anurag Basu by Ranbir’s father Rishi Kapoor. There are many such examples of post-release verbal fisticuffs.

bollywood Updated: Jul 27, 2017 16:05 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Rishi Kapoor,Anurag Basu,Bollywood
A still from the film Jagga Jasoos, for which Ranbir Kapoor (seen here with Katrina Kaif) is producer as well as lead actor.

Actor Rishi Kapoor’s tirade against director Anurag Basu for the failure of Jagga Jasoos again puts the spotlight on the blame game that happens in Bollywood after a film flops. Similar bitterness was left in the wake of poor box-office results of Mohenjo Daro (2016) and Humshakals (2014).

In a recent interview, Rishi called Anurag “ irresponsible” with the film; Rishi was more affected because his son Ranbir was not just the lead actor but also the producer of the film.

Actor Saif Ali Khan had reportedly been unhappy with the way director Sajid Khan’s venture Humshakals — the plot had three sets of doppelgängers — had shaped up; Saif called it “a mistake”. However, Khan says that it’s a team effort. “The director is the captain of the ship. But, to sail smoothly, a huge crew is needed. When things don’t go according to expectations, the blame game starts. The director, like any captain, must own up to failure, but must also magnanimously share credit if the film is a success,” says Sajid.

Filmmaker Sajid Khan says, ‘The director, like any captain [of a ship], must own up to failure, but must also magnanimously share credit if the film is a success.’

According to certain reports, Hrithik Roshan had a row with filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarikar after the debacle of Mohenjo Daro. Hrithik’s father Rakesh Roshan blamed the bad visual effects of the last 20 minutes of the film.

However, Hrithik feels that passing the buck for a film’s failure cannot be a solution for anything. “Making a film in itself should be a fulfilling process. If you don’t enjoy that, then you only have yourself to blame. So, I’m not a person who ever blames another; neither do I complain, nor explain. The failure of Mohenjo Daro was a very centring experience, because in the failure, you seek the truth, and the truth really sets you free,” Hrithik had said in an interview.

In an earlier instance, Amitabh Bachchan had lashed out at the makers of Raavan (2010), starring his son Abhishek Bachchan, and blamed the poor editing of the film, directed by Mani Ratnam, for slumping at the box office.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh finds it very natural for people to point fingers. “The stakes are very high in a film and it’s a very natural thing to blame someone if the film doesn’t do well,” he says. “It doesn’t really affect the business of the film if it’s in the theatres, because the verdict is out already. [Rishi] Kapoor has said it out in the open, but otherwise, too, people do tend to blame in [Bollywood]. It has been happening for years. But such is the industry —people fight with each other, but after some time, laugh over it and hug each other and praise each other.”

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First Published: Jul 27, 2017 16:02 IST