Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan‘s Rangoon was one of the most interesting films of the calendar year, but it has opened on a very dismal note. The film could only manage to rake in Rs 6.07 crore, which is very disappointing to say the least. A film of such a huge magnitude with such a great cast and a interesting story line, should be raking in the large amounts of money, right? However, this isn’t the case and we know why!
Rangoon is directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and if you have seen the film-maker’s track record you will quickly realise that most of his movies aren’t commerical hits. Be it Omkara, Haider or Maqbool, none of these films could make Rs 100 crore at the box office or be huge commercial hits. But can Rangoon break this trend and make Rs 100 crore or at least be a commercial hit? With the start it has witnessed, we don’t think so! And our trade expert – Amul Vikas Mohan (Editor of Super Cinema) agrees with us. But why hasn’t Vishal Bhardwaj’s films ever touched Rs 100 crore? ALSO READ – Rangoon box office collection day 1: Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan’s film has a disappointing first day, earns just Rs 6.07 crore
Talking to us exclusively, Amul explains, “Vishal Bhardwaj’s films don’t make 100s of crores because of the kind of films he makes. They are generally dark in nature that tends to keep the audience away. You look at a Kaminey, you look at a Haider, Rangoon, Maqbool, Omkara and 7 Khoon Maaf, so barring Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, which did not look so dark on paper, the others are very dark. For the commercial sensibilities that is an off-putting scenario. That’s the reason why most of films don’t go out and make money. But he is still a very respected film-maker. And as you said, most of his films don’t tend to make huge amounts of money, that is a fact too. And it is not one or two films, it is over a span of his whole career. He has made some great films like Omkara and Maqbool, which are films that I like personally, but that doesn’t mean that it has catapulted them into becoming hits. Even those films weren’t big money spinners at the box office. So that’s the reason for the whole scenario.” ALSO READ – What does Rangoon’s terrible start mean for Shahid Kapoor’s career?
Amul further explains that it is the lack of balance in Vishal Bhardwaj’s work which tends to make his film less commercial. With the help of a fantastic example of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, our trade expert reveals to us, “See if you see filmmakers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, they have a great understanding of commercial aspects and aesthetics and at the same time they can tell a story which can be darker in nature. Black is a dark film in terms of its story. There is a deaf, blind and mute girl and the story shows us how she manages to come across the situation in her life. Guzaarish is a darker film on the table. So he makes those films but he balances it out with a Ram-Leela, which is colourful, which is young, has love and at the same time, it has undertones of sex and all that works. He then makes massive war films like Bajirao Mastani and Padmavati, so he balances it out and that’s just one example. That balance is not there with Vishal and his cinematic aesthetic is very indifferent from what the commercial aspects of a film are and maybe that’s the reason (for the failure of his films to make huge amounts of money at the box office).” ALSO READ – Rangoon movie review: Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s earnest performances make Vishal Bhardwaj’s film worthy
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