"that means everything was bogus and fraud."
Vivek Agnihotri took another dig at Aamir Khan and gave his opinion on the failure of Laal Singh Chaddha.
The Kashmir Files director said the film suffered because people saw a lack of sincerity in Aamir, not because of the boycott.
Speaking to Kushal Mehra, Vivek said:
“Let’s take Laal Singh Chaddha as an example and I hope Aamir Khan listens to this and understands because I am not just somebody. I am saying the right thing.
“Everyone in the industry is saying that ‘devotees have ruined the film’.
“But do you know how many votes Narendra Modi gets in India? 40 per cent, okay? So let’s take this 40-50% away from his audience. Then also, where are the rest of 50% people?”
Vivek went on to say that even if there is a boycott, Aamir’s fanbase would have supported him.
The filmmaker continued: “If you do not have a loyal audience then that means everything was bogus and fraud.
“You were fooling people and why are you even charging 150-200 crore then?”
Vivek explained that the boycotts were more violent during Aamir’s Dangal and Padmaavat. But both films succeeded at the box office.
Speaking about why Dangal was such a huge hit, Vivek Agnihotri said:
“If the boycott was real then this time it wasn’t violent. During Dangal, the boycotts were violent. People were shutting theatres.
“During Padmaavat, some theatres were put on fire during protests but they were super duper hit films.
“Dangal was a blockbuster because people saw your sincerity.”
“You played a dad, you gained weight for the role and people saw that but can anyone tell me what is this Laal Singh Chaddha about? No one knows that.”
Prakash Jha also spoke about Laal Singh Chaddha‘s failure. He said:
“It is being said that Aamir Khan’s film was boycotted on social media. If he had made Dangal or Lagaan and then the film hadn’t done well, then we would have understood that it happened because of the boycott.
“But you have made such a film that majority of those who have seen it aren’t praising it. I am yet to find someone who has said, ‘Wow, what a film it was’.”
On Aamir Khan, Prakash said: “I agree you have worked and tried hard but when there is no such factor in your content, you can’t say it didn’t do well because of the boycott.”
Laal Singh Chaddha failed miserably at the box office, with people being unhappy with the screenplay and characteristics in the film.
On the other hand, The Kashmir Files has become one of the top-grossing films of 2022.