Nitya Mehra’s directorial debut Baar Baar Dekho might have failed to establish a strong connection with the audiences, but its lead actor Sidharth Malhotra has taken the failure as a learning lesson. He said that he will now be more conscious in the future about the modalities of how the film is shaping up. After picking a good pace at the box office initially, the movie suffered due to bad word of mouth. This hampered the overall box office business and the film stayed below expectations. The movie managed to mint only Rs. 27.98 crore at the box office in six days of its release.
Not many actors in Bollywood come out in public to accept their movie’s failure. But the young actor Sidharth Malhotra, who is just six films old, has opened about the disappointing performance of his film. While talking to the Quint.com, Sidharth said, “You definitely question yourself when so much hard work is not rewarded. I heard a very interesting quote on marketing. ‘Marketing is like God. If you believe in it, it works for you. Even if you don’t believe in it, you still hope it works for me’. Nobody knows why so much marketing is done for our movies.”
Sidharth Malhotra, who shot to fame with Karan Johar’s directorial Student Of The Year, thinks that after facing failure, he has come out experienced and slightly wiser. The actor says he never questions his choices but only questions the methods and processes in the movie-making business. And the one thing that Baar Baar Dekho’s failure has taught Sidharth is to have an expert advice on the methods of filmmaking.
“For example, one must take advice on how a film is shaping up from those who have more experience. When I heard the script for Baar Baar Dekho, it was one of the most exciting ideas I had come across. What a lovely thought! The heart was in the right place. The experience has made me more conscious of my future. Had Baar Baar Dekho worked better maybe I wouldn’t be so careful with the modalities of making a film. But I am still going to choose only those scripts that I believe in. I stand by my choices. If I like a script and a role, it doesn’t matter how many other actors are there or how many scenes I have. All the films that I’ve done so far tell stories that I want to tell,” he said.
Though the movie fell flat at the box office, Sidharth is happy with the fact that he atleast tried something new and will be more cautious in the future.
“Maybe we failed. But at least we tried something new. Now I know if I meet a first-time director I’ll be wary. Or if I write a script I’ll be thinking anxiously about whether it works for me as a member of the audience,” he said.
Baar Baar Dekho also stars Katrina Kaif in the lead role.