Aamir Khan takes full responsibility for poor response of ‘Thugs of Hindustan’

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MUMBAI: One has to admire Aamir Khan for taking the sole blame for the failure of his film Thugs of Hindostan at the box office.

At a recent media interaction, the 53-year-old star said, “I take full responsibility for Thugs of Hindostan not working with the audience.”

Aamir added, “I think we went wrong, but I would like to take full responsibility for that. You can be sure that we tried our level best, we left no stone unturned in our efforts but we went wrong somewhere. There are some people who liked the film and we would like to thank them, and we are happy they liked it but they are in the minority, majority of the people did not like our film and we realise that. Most definitely we’ve gone wrong somewhere, and I take full responsibility for it.”

The actor then apologised to his fans for failing to deliver. “The audience which came with high expectations to watch my film, I would like to apologise to them too that I was not able to deliver and provide the entertainment, even though we tried our best, but they didn’t enjoy it. I feel very bad that we were not able to entertain them.”

Thugs of Hindostan starring Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan in lead roles failed to impress audiences and tanked at the box office. Since its release it has raked in a mere INR 150 crore (15 million).

Meanwhile, Aamir Khan was the first choice for Rakesh Sharma biopic, Saare Jahaan Se Achcha. But, he backed out and Shah Rukh Khan came on board. The Saare Jahaan se Accha writer revealed that Aamir Khan gave up the role because of Mahabharta.

After the failure of Thugs of Hindostan, Aamir is consumed by Mahabharaat. Present at the 2nd edition of Cinestaan India’s Storyteller Script Contest 2018, Aamir Khan was asked about Saare Jahaan Se Accha. He said,

“I think it’s a great and wonderful script. I am a huge fan of Rakesh (Sharma) and it’s a wonderful story. I feel sad that I am not able to do it, which is why I actually called up Shah Rukh and said that it’s a wonderful story and you should hear it’. I am really happy that he liked it and he is doing it so, all my best wishes for their project.”

The film, which was earlier called Salute, would have marked a reunion for Anjum and Aamir 20 years after their previous collaboration Ghulam (1998), which was their first film together.

“Frankly speaking, I was very keen that Aamir does it and he, at that moment, had liked it. We had discussed a lot. We had a lot of hopes for it but unfortunately (there was) the larger project of Mahabharata, which he was consumed by,” said Anjum.

According to a recent news report, Mahabharata would be a seven part long web series for which Aamir Khan would be flying to the USA to develop the script. The reports also suggested that he would be playing the role of Lord Krishna.

‘Saare Jahaan Se Accha’, will be directed by Mahesh Mathai and written by Anjum Rajabali. Ronnie Screwvala will produce the film, along with Siddharth Roy Kapur, under the RSVP films and Roy Kapur Films banners respectively.

“Saare Jahaan Se Achha will go on floor in February and I have been very excited about the film because like Aamir said, I have also been a big fan of Rakesh and now he is a good friend also,” said Rajabali.