Saif Ali Khan on recent failure of films at box office


Saif Ali Khan has been reflecting back on his most recent films, which haven’t performed well at the box office and shares that he focuses on the positives rather than the negatives.

Reported in the Hindustan Times, Khan says he doesn’t regret the films he has done, “It’s worrisome because these were the films that I had thought I had done really well in. There is always a fear and I sometimes feel nobody wants to see my films anymore.”…“But I don’t know if it’s true and I don’t think that it’s just me that people don’t want to see. It’s dangerous to be egoistic, even if you’re victimising yourself,” added Khan.

The ‘Rangoon’ (2017) actor says that the audience dictates which films are successful at the box office. “I feel like it’s to do with the kind of films I’ve been a part of. I don’t think I’m very [much of a] front-bencher by nature; I’m always attracted to slightly niche, darker films. But I want to strike a better balance. There are a few interesting things going on and there seems to be a lot of work, but I’d be lying if I said it isn’t worrying. I’m not unrealistic. But when there are 300 people on the sets counting on me, I can’t afford to have these poetic worries. I just need to wake up, go to the gym and do the best scene I have ever done every single day. There’s no wallowing in self-doubt and Hamlet-like questioning. It’s not that big a tragedy yet (laughs)”.

Khan is remaining optimistic about his forthcoming films this year, ‘Baazaar’ and ‘Hunter’, “When I read the script of Hunter, I thought it’s like a dream role after being in the industry for 25 years. Just to be offered this was quite stunning. I really think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of role. I don’t think there will be another film like this in my career. There is something very poetic about the revenge drama. I am excited and a bit stressed because it’s not going to be a picnic. It’s a challenge.”

Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan’s as we know will be making her debut in ‘Kedarnath’, experienced a few issues when the ‘Chef’ (2017) actor took charge of the situation, but this has now since been resolved. “I’ve been keeping track of it and, of course, it bothered me because I wanted things to go smoothly with her. But I’m very happy that she now has a good film with Karan Johar. I was quite involved with her getting on board with Karan but after that, I can afford again to take a backseat. I’m here if she needs me,” says Khan.

‘Baazaar’ was slated to release in December 2017, but got postponed. There hasn’t been confirmation of the new release date.

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