The under-performance at the boxoffice of Kabir Khan’s ’83 has shocked the film industry, none more so than the producers, which include Deepika Padukone, of this lavish 270-crore project.
The costly film now stands to lose more than a hundred crores.
A source close to the producers told this writer that the blame game will start soon. “The film looks and feels like a documentary on the 1983 World Cup. Some from the production team had pointed this out while the film was being . What was the need to shoot at the pricey Lords stadium in London when there are so many similarly vast cricket stadiums right here in India? But the naysayers were shut down by director Kabir Khan and Ranveer Singh who were fully confident of getting the audience into theatres.”
Apparently a large chunk of Ranveer’s fee is pending.And he may be compelled to write it off to counter at least of the losses.
For Kabir Khan the failure of ’83 is a double setback after the poor response to his last directorial Tubelight . That too was a very costly film.At this rate he is likely to acquire the reputation of a prohibitive filmmaker.