Pankaj Tripathi Weighs In On Boycott Culture: ‘If A Film Is Bad, People Don’t Go To The Cinema Halls’

From Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha to Vijay Deverakonda’s Liger, many films in the past month suffered the wrath of the ongoing boycott culture on social media. Having big names attached to the venture also did not spare the movie from being a complete box office failure. While many believe it is the harmful impact of the notorious cancel culture, some argued that the poor content of the film was solely responsible for its downfall.

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Veteran actor Pankaj Tripathi weighed in on the debate in an interview with Siddharth Kanan. The Mirzapur actor opined that Bollywood needs to assess the kind of films it is putting out for the audience. When asked about box office failure of big-budget films like Samrat Prithviraj, Shamshera, Laal Singh Chaddha and more, the 45-year-old actor said,

”Self-assessment is needed about what we are making and how we are making it. That’s necessary and that’s what is lacking,” he continued, ”If a film is bad, it doesn’t work, and doesn’t get boycotted. People don’t go to the cinema halls. That’s also a boycott then, isn’t it?” The veteran actor further doubled down on his opinions that Bollywood needs to self-assess its projects.

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”There is no social media campaign then, and no hashtag but the film still doesn’t work. But yes self-assessment is needed,” Pankaj Tripathi concluded. The actor’s last film 83 starring Ranveer Singh also failed to attract an audience at the theatres despite a star-studded cast and compelling story.


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