Nawazuddin Siddiqui on Khans: Just because one picture flopped that doesn’t mean the Khan era has ended
The Khans of Bollywood — Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir — had reigned the Hindi film industry for over 25 years. Unfortunately, the year 2018 was a rough year for the trio as their films ‘Zero’, ‘Race 3’ and ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ failed to meet audience expectations. The Khans also received a lot of flak for delivering under-performing films. Instead, younger actors like Ayushmann Khurrana‘s ‘Badhaai Ho’ and ‘Andhadhun’, Rajkummar Rao‘s ‘Stree’, Vicky Kaushal and Alia Bhatt‘s ‘Raazi’ not only impressed the audiences but also made record-breaking collections at the box office. And now, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has come out in defence of Khans saying that just because one picture flopped doesn’t mean the Khan-era has ended.
Recently, in an exclusive interview with Times Now, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was asked his thoughts on this very shift in cinema considering he’s always been on the driving seat of content-driven films. Answering this, he said, “Change in cinema happened long time back. Filmmakers like Shekhar Kapur, Anurag Kashyap, Ram Gopal Verma are to be credited for it. Now a days actors are saying they are bringing the change but that’s not true, whatever shift in cinema has happened is because of the filmmakers. Actors shooting in small town is nothing new…this was already explored in films like Dev D and many more films in the past. It’s just that big stars are going now which is why you are saying that times are changing, the content-driven cinema is finally taking shape.”
“I feel the change that you see today is nothing but a coincidence and the definition of content-driven still includes all the recipe that’s aimed at a Bollywood masala entertainer. You need to put 4-5 songs, you have to make it a little fun, humourous irrespective of what the subject is. I think hardcore cinema still has a certain pocket to reach. So I don’t think any big change has happened as yet. But I am sure it will happen soon,” he added.
On being asked about Khans, the ‘Photograph’ actor said, “Ek picture flop ho gayi toh thodi na Khan ka zamaana chala gaya. Aisa nahi hota (Just because one picture flopped doesn’t mean the Khan era has ended. It doesn’t work like that).”