BLAME GAME SYN­DROME IN BOL­LY­WOOD

Rishi Kapoor slam­ming Anurag Basu over the fail­ure of Jagga Ja­soos is an in­dus­try sce­nario that keeps play­ing out

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Ac­tor Rishi Kapoor’s tirade against direc­tor Anurag Basu (in­set) for the fail­ure of Jagga Ja­soos 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.

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 as ex­pected, the blame game starts. The direc­tor, like any cap­tain, must own up to fail­ure, but must also mag­nan­i­mously share credit for suc­cess,” says Sa­jid.

Ac­cord­ing to some 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 can­not be a so­lu­tion. “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,” he 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 its slump.

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. “[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.”

Such is Bol­ly­wood — peo­ple fight, but af­ter some time, they laugh over it, and hug and praise each other TARAN ADARSH, TRADE AN­A­LYST

Stills from Jagga Ja­soos (above right), Mo­henjo Daro (be­low left) and Humshakals (be­low right)

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