Ekta Kapoor, who celebrated the success of her latest production Half Girlfriend, says at one point she had lost confidence in herself after her films flopped one after another. And because of that, she was initially not sure about producing Half Girlfriend.
“With my production house, I lost confidence on myself when I gave five flop films in a row. My last hit film was with Mohit Suri in 2014 (Ek Villain). There was a time when I wasn’t even sure whether I want to continue making films or not, but God has been kind, prayers have worked and film has done well,” Ekta said at the success party here on Friday night.
Talking about negative reviews from the critics for Half Girlfriend, Ekta said: “When my TV soap ‘Naagin’ was launched, during that time, there were 500 stories that how this soap is the reason to malign creativity and entertainment factor on television.
“With this film also, critics felt that Half Girlfriend is a melodrama but I am glad that masses accepted the film. More than money, I think acceptance from the audience is the biggest thing which I haven’t experienced in the last three years.”
Ekta also spoke about the success of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which has set a new box office benchmark in the Indian film industry.
“Baahubali is not a film, it’s a sensation. This film doesn’t belong to film categories. Baahubali is best thing to happen and we can refer to it as a film which has gone beyond expectations,” she added.
Chetan Bhagat, the author of Half Girlfriend, was also present at the party along with his wife.
Commenting on its performance and reception, Bhagat said: “Ultimately, audience is the king of box office and not the critics. Compared to past few films, it is the best performance of Arjun and Shraddha.”
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The box office success of Half Girlfriend has been a cause of great relief for even Arjun and Shraddha.
It has come as a much-needed hit after the failure of Arjun’s last two films Ki & Ka and Tevar. Even Shraddha’s last two films — Rock On 2 and Ok Jaanu did not work at the box office.
Present at the party here were Karan Johar, Ronit Roy, Rajkummar Rao, Tusshar Kapoor, Vikram Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt, Sushant Singh Rajput, Shamita Shetty, Mohit Suri, Udita Goswami, Mouni Roy, Anita Hassanandani, Divyanka Tripathi, Vivek Dahiya, Mona Singh, Karan Patel and Karishma Tanna.