In a recent interview with Deccan Chronicles, Rohit discusses the lack of critical acclaim for his brand of filmmaking and how that affects him, the pressure to meet box office numbers and why he just wants to be left alone to make his kind of films.
When he was asked that his die hard fans have not like Dilwale, he said,” See, my film is a five to six-ticket film — it’s a family which watches the film. So the husband or wife may not like the film, but the children do. You have to deal with it that way. I am not claiming to make something that will change cinema. I am making a product that caters to children and family audiences and there’s nothing wrong in that.
Talking about the box office numbers he revealed,” It’s too much pressure… I remember during the Golmaal days, the film hadn’t opened well, but at that time I was quite relaxed. There were no eyes on me. Now I get really nervous about what will happen. But that only lasts three days and then I’m quite settled. The stakes are so high — and appreciation I won’t get — so everyone waits for the box office collection. Dilwale didn’t get a start, so I was worried about the film opening at first. But we holding strong even after losing so much of business.
I don’t know… the market is such (that), I don’t want to take names, but some films that are critically acclaimed are not doing that great business. When I say ‘market’, I am talking about the audience.
Dilwale didn’t open well because there was Bajirao Mastani and we had a ban to contend with, but on the Web, we’re ranked as having the third biggest opening this year. So what happened? It is quite scary. There were great films this year — films that have worked with the critics but not with the audience and vice versa. We all need to sit and analyse what happened with the Indian market.