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Ram Setu to Selfiee, a season of flops for Akshay Kumar as 5 films tank one after another

The actor believes this happens because of 'one's own fault', but adds that there are also other factors at play behind Bollywood films not doing well lately.

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New Delhi: Akshay Kumar’s latest release ‘Selfiee’ is his lowest opening in over a decade. The actor has seen a string of flops and the criticism around his choice of films is ever-increasing. 

‘Selfiee’ — which also stars Emraan Hashmi, Nushrratt Bharuccha and Diana Penty and has been produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions — opened Friday with a disastrous Rs 2.55 crore box-office collection. 

‘Selfiee’ is Kumar’s fifth consecutive flop at the box office with the lowest first-day collection — lesser than Rs 6 crore earned by Kartik Aryan’s ‘Shehzada’ on the first day of its release last week.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh has called the first-day performance of ‘Selfiee’ a “disaster” with “shockingly low numbers”.

Adarsh also shared the figures of the film’s opening from several multiplexes. 

“#Selfiee at national chains… *Day 1* biz…#PVR: 64 lacs #INOX: 43 lacs #Cinepolis: 23 lacs Total: ₹ 1.30 cr Nett BOC. SHOCKINGLY LOW NUMBERS,” Adarsh tweeted comparing its first-day performance with this year’s releases of Shah Rukh Khan’s “Pathaan” and Kartik Aryan’s “Shehzada”. “2023 releases… national chains only – *Day 1* biz… #Pathaan: ₹ 27.08 cr #Shehzada: ₹ 2.92 cr Nett BOC,” Adarsh added. 

According to Sacnilk website, the film had an overall 9.95 per cent Hindi occupancy on the first day. 

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Notably, each of Kumar’s 2022 films — ‘Ram Setu’, ‘Raksha Bandhan’, ‘Samrat Prithviraj’ and ‘Bachchhan Paandey’ — have not done good business — with their first-day collections ranging from over Rs 8 crore (Raksha Bandhan) to 15 crore (Ram Setu). 

Before the release of the film, Akshay Kumar, in an interview with Aaj Tak’sSeedhi Baat’, talked about his series of flops and the reasons for Bollywood films not doing well lately. 

“This is not the first time that it has happened to me. There have been times that my 16 films have not performed in a row, and then there were times when my eight to nine films failed. This happens because of one’s own fault,” Kumar said. 

He further said that the audience has changed. “One has to change themself, rework, dismantle, and create oneself again. A film getting flopped is like an alarm, which says that one must change themself (sic).”

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Social media expresses displeasure

Directed by Raj Mehta and produced by Dharma Productions, Prithviraj Productions, and Kumar’s own Cape of Good Films — ‘Selfiee’ is an official remake of the Malayalam film ‘Driving Licence’.

ThePrint in its review of ‘Selfiee’ called this remake a “lukewarm” attempt while trying to do positive PR taking digs at the “cancel Bollywood” culture that started with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in 2020. 

After watching the first-day show, many on social media expressed displeasure at Kumar’s choice of films and Bollywood’s attempt at making remakes of south Indian movies, which are readily available on OTT platforms.

One user on Twitter threw light on the state of the Indian audience in the world of OTTs. 

Another user said that the audience is no more interested in watching remakes. 

Attacking Karan Johar, actor-filmmaker Kangana Ranaut, too, took a swipe at Selfiee’s opening. Comparing it with the collections of her last film ‘Dhaakad’, she wrote on her Instagram story, “Karan Johar’s movie Selfiee has hardly made Rs 10 lakh on the first day, I don’t see even one trade or media person talk about it, forget mocking or bullying him the way they harass me….”

Akshay Kumar is of the opinion that the fault is his. In the Seedhi Baat interview that he gave before the release of ‘Selfiee’, he said: “Don’t blame the audience, blame yourself. The reason why a film is not working is never because of the audience or any other thing, it is because you have selected or maybe have not given the right ingredients in the film, and you have to change.”

In the same interview, Kumar was asked: Aaj aapke paas naam hai, shohrat hai, bangla hai, par maa nahi hai (You have everything today, but you don’t have your mother)”, an emotional Kumar said, “Chal, aage chal” — a life path the actor seems to be treading on.

(Edited by Richa Mishra)

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