"Hits and misses are a part of the game.”
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan has revealed his thoughts on the critical and commercial failure of his daughter Sara Ali Khan’s film Love Aaj Kal (2020).
Helmed by Imtiaz Ali, the film was released on Valentine’s Day (2020) and was a namesake sequel to his 2009 film starring Saif and Deepika Padukone.
Love Aaj Kal (2020) featured Sara and Kartik Aaryan in lead roles, however, it failed to impress audiences and at the box office.
On the first day of its release, the film grossed Rs 12 crore (£1,344,762.00). By the end of its domestic run, the film garnered roughly Rs 41 crore (£4,598,714.04).
However, it was reported that the film’s budget was Rs 44 crore (£4,933,843.51), thus making it Sara’s lowest-grossing film.
Alongside Sara, it was also a failure for Kartik who has previously been enjoying back-to-back hits at the box office.
According to a Pinkvilla report, Saif Ali Khan was asked about Love Aaj Kal’s (2020) performance. He said:
“I am very proud of Sara. Hits and misses are a part of the game.”
Yet, it seems the film was already lugging behind ever since its trailer release. Saif candidly admitted to preferring the trailer to his 2009 film.
Speaking to the Indian Express about his thoughts on the trailer, he said:
“I don’t know why I still remember shooting for Love Aaj Kal (2009). I saw the trailer and obviously and I wish them all the best.
“I wish Sara the best for everything she does because she is my daughter. I kind of like my film’s trailer more. What to say, but I wish them all the best.”
Instantly, Saif’s comments created controversy and reacting to the same, he told The Times of India:
“With my daughter, I tried to crack a mildly competitive joke.”
“I’m saying I kind of liked our (Love Aaj Kal: 2009) more, but obviously, this is a completely different movie.
“And I don’t think it’s perhaps right to compare but, of course, the producers have chosen the same name and I am quite possessive over our film.
“I don’t want to come across the wrong way because of course what I said was a joke. A little bit of teasing is good.”
Despite the “competitive joke”, Saif Ali Khan and Sara Ali Khan are often asked when they will be starring in a film together.
According to the Hindustan Times, Saif spoke about the possibility of a collaboration. He said:
“I would love to but it will have to be a very special script. I think both of us would like to avoid gimmicks. I am sure given the right director and script it can be great.
“I always make a very clear distinction between my family and career. They are both separate.
“I never think that I should work with my (Kareena Kapoor Khan) or my mother (Sharmila Tagore). In the future as well, I would like to maintain that.”
Fans are eager to see the father and daughter duo on the big screen. We wait to see whether the right script comes along.