Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who is gearing up for the release of Sultan this Eid, says that many Bollywood films are often labelled as being flops despite performing well at the Box Office.
In a recent interview with a leading daily, Salman revealed that if a film fails to perform better than the actor's last outing, many are quick to call it a flop.
"Once I am done with a film, then I am done with it. I liked it, and that's why I took it up. You go wrong, too, sometimes. But so far, everything has worked out. People keep speculating that a film will do a business of Rs 200 crore, Rs 300 crore or Rs 500 crore. But no one has any idea about the figures; it's all foolishness. Also, if a film is expected to break an actor's last film's record, and if the movie doesn't do that, it is made out to be a flop, despite earning profits," said Salman.
On being asked about what actually constitutes as Box Office flops, Salman said that even if the films fail, the magnitude of loss should be very low.
"If it has to flop, it (the effect of the loss) should be as little as possible. Jai Ho did a business of Rs 100 crore with a ticket price of Rs 200. On weekdays, the price per ticket was Rs 100. But since we didn't publicise this fact, people said, 'Is that the only business?' But Rs 100 crore is a huge number. How many films touch that kind of a figure? Prem Ratan Dhan Payo made Rs 200 crore, but since it didn't make as much money as Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the perception is that it flopped, when actually it didn't."
Since 2010, the trade has piled on the pressure on Salman to perform well at the ticket window. On being asked to comment about the kind of expectations people have from him, he said:
"I think it happens with others too, as everyone wants to play the number game. And that's the reason why ticket prices are going higher. If ticket prices are low, you will get a smaller amount in return, but footfalls will be higher. But no one wants to take that kind of risk."
Sultan, which also stars Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda and Amit Sadh, releases this Eid.
-- With Hindustan Times Input