When you work “above the line” on a movie, whether as a writer or a director or an actor or producer, watching it flop at the box office is devastating. An actor is disappointed when any film of his/her does not work at the box office. They work hard on it. If it does not do well, they are bound to get upset.
They do the job to the best of their ability and leave the rest to the audience. Whatever the audience decides, they humbly accept it. In the same way, Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt was heartbroken after her movie Shaandaar debacle.
There is only one solution for this and it is to try and analyze what went wrong and rectify in the next. Generally, the filmmakers make a film with their point of view, perception, and sensibility. But finally, the result depends on the audience, a group of the audience might agree and another might not.
The judgment of the film as far as its commercial success is concerned depends on someone who has nothing to do with the film. The audience has got nothing to do with filmmakers perception on the film. They have paid their hard-earned money to see it. They will decide its fate.
Now, Alia Bhatt says she is now more prepared to face failure. The daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt talked about the ups and downs in her career with superstar Shah Rukh Khan in an episode of Lux Golden Divas – Baatein with the Badshah, read a statement.
“Touch wood, 90 percent of my films fared well at the box office. But there has been one failure, and because of that failure, I am calmer. Some strange reason. Shaandaar didn’t work at the box office. I was heartbroken. I could not believe it. I turned to my father. He was the only person I was speaking to and then I went on a holiday solo to mourn the loss,” Alia said.
The Udta Punjab star added, “I felt terrible, but after that, I felt ‘ho Gaya’ (it’s done). The bandage has been ripped. I have faced my first failure, and I will be ready for whatever comes. Getting up after the failure is very different. My father sent me this poster with Frank Sinatra’s quote ‘The best revenge is massive success’.”
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Alia Bhatt made her Bollywood debut with Karan Johar’s Student of the Year (2012), which earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Alia has delivered a few laudable performances in films like Highway, 2 States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and ‘Kapoor and Sons.’
She received critical acclaim for Highway (2014), which won her the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and drug drama Udta Punjab (2016), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Only Shaandaar turned out to be a damp squib at the box office.
At present, she is busy with Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi, scheduled to release on May 11, 2018. The film which also stars Vicky Kaushal is a period drama based on Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat. When asked about her upcoming film, she said: “It’s the first time I am doing a period film and is based on the true story as well, so I am very excited for it and I hope the audience will like it.”
Alia Bhatt also has movies like Gully Boy and Brahmastra in the pipeline.