"Even one of my films didn’t work this year"
At an event, Kangana Ranaut opened up on her action film Dhaakad and admitted that it failed.
She explained how it has helped her to understand the audience’s mindset as they failed to identify with the “westernised concept” of the film.
The actress believes it is a sign that people are becoming aware of their Indian roots.
Dhaakad was directed by Razneesh Ghai and it was released on May 20, 2022.
Kangana starred as a ruthless International Task Force (ITF) officer.
The film opened up to a poor start at the ticket window with less than Rs. 1 Crore (£104,000) on its first day.
According to reports, the film was taken down by distributors due to “extremely low audience turnout”.
Kangana defended her film on a number of occasions but now, she has broken her silence on the film’s poor performance at the box office.
When asked about her thoughts on Bollywood films not working at the box office, compared with films from the South film industry, Kangana said:
“There are various kinds of analysis about films’ performance.
“If you look at hit films, all of them have Indian roots. Look at Kantara. These films show India on a micro level, based on devotion and spirituality. Ponniyin Selvan-1 is also about Cholas.
“Bollywood has gone far away from its Indian culture and they have westernised films.
“With the trend to make westernised films, I think people are unable to relate themselves to the film.
“Even one of my films didn’t work this year I have learned that maybe my character was too westernised, which Indians couldn’t identify.”
Kangana went on to say that she feels there is a sudden sense of pride among Indian citizens and they are only rooting for films that they can relate to.
She cited examples like RRR and Thalaivii as successful pan-India films.
Kangana also attacked Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha again, stating that the actor is to blame for the film’s failure.
She said: “Superstars have got all kinds of privileges. They take Rs. 200 Crore (£20 million) for a job worth Rs. 2 Crore (£209,000).
“They take charter planes for places where one can take economy flights.
“Now it’s the people who are questioning their right to stardom.”
“Coming to Aamir Khan Ji, I am not specifically talking about the boycott culture but in general, when the nation was going through some tension, Turkey did something against us.
“But, you (Aamir Khan) went there and gave them your consent and clicked pictures.
“You called our country intolerant in front of the world and tarnished our reputation.
“This is a personal crisis. You are disgusted, ashamed to be an Indian.
“This has nothing to do with boycott culture.”