If we are talking about boxoffice, then Saif Ali Khan’s name must be mentioned among the top losers among current actors. An immensely gifted actor, he seems to have a zero connect with the audience. His last 7 feature films have been thundering flops.
While the critics have gone into raptures over his ruthless Gujarati stockbroker in his latest release Baazaar, the film has opened to dismal boxoffice collection and is sure to add to the growing list of the actor’s flops.
A trade analyst who doesn’t want to be named, blames Saif’s “disconnect” with the audience for the failure of his films. “Unlike the other Khans—Shah Rukh, Salman, Aamir—Saif doesn’t immediately connect with the audience. He has a polished westernized personality, like Shashi Kapoor in the 1960s and 70s.”
Says trade analyst Amod Mehra, “His films flopping , is mainly because Saif doesn’t see any Hindi films. I am not saying it. He said it himself. Since he’s oblivious to the trends in Hindi cinema he is at sea when it comes to choosing scripts.”
With Baazaar being the latest in a long line of flops for Saif the question is, what does he do next?
A director who has delivered a dud with Saif in the lead , feels the web series is the ideal breeding ground for Saif’s talent. “He was widely appreciated in Netflix’s Sacred Games. If the same film had been released in theatres it would have been a boxoffice dud.”
Immediately before Netflix’s Sacred Games, the Saif starrer Kaalaakandi was being seriously pushed by its producers as an online release .Netflix was seen as a solid platform to release Kaalaakandi and the producers who were in the panic mode post Saif’s flop binge ,were happy to have found a way out for their niche film.
However Saif are hopping mad. He put his foot down, and Kaalaakandi was released in theatres, with disastrous results.But now after the heartening response to Saif’s Sacred Games on Netflix it is likely that we will get to see more of him on theinternet than on the large screen.