March 17, 2010

People, not critics, decide my film's fate: Sajid Khan

Funny man-turned-director Sajid Khan doesn’t mind the ‘big mouth’ tag. He is ready with his second film “Housefull” and isn’t really bothered about reviews as he believes people, not critics, decide a movie’s fate.

“The fact is that critics don’t have to tell me whether my film is good or not. It is the job of the audience and they would decide if ‘Housefull’ works for them,” Sajid told IANS.

“Also, one thing I can state on record is that critics may give a one-star or a five-star rating to ‘Housefull’, but in their hearts they would like the film for sure. The same holds good for audiences who will any way watch ‘Housefull’ multiple times regardless of the review ratings,” he said.

“Housefull” stars Akshay Kumar in the lead along with Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Jiah Khan, Boman Irani, Chunky Pandey and Randhir Kapoor.

Sajid is known for taking digs at actors and filmmakers. A few weeks back, he even made fun of critics at an awards function. Did he think twice about it?

“What did I do wrong? I just picked on select critics who seem to be completely oblivious to what audiences want. May be most of them know what they are doing but then there are indeed some big critics who have goofed up repeatedly in the past,” the director said.

Asked to cite some instances, he said: “I will give you an example where a critic gave three stars to both ‘Aladin’ and ‘3 Idiots’ Are you telling me that the biggest flop and hit ever are alike in the way they were created? See, there have been so many instances when such critics have given a single star to films that go on to become the biggest hits of the year while movies that get four or five stars have turned out to be flops.”



Pardesi said...

Wait - wasn't Sajid a critic at one point? And a rather harsh one at that - picking the worst scenes from films every week? I thought frustrated film-makers became movie critics, here we have a trigger happy critic who became a film-maker.....

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