Shah Rukh Khan bats for Aamir's 'Thugs Of Hindostan', says people have been too harsh

Shah Rukh Khan's 'Zero' trailer has got a thumbs up from Aamir Khan Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 15, 2018, 01.52 PM (IST)

One of the most anticipated films of 2018, 'Thugs Of Hindostan' opened to record-breaking numbers but sank soon after. The film which stars Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh, received bad reviews across and the numbers have been dipping since the first day of its release. 

While most have been panning the film, Aamir's friend, Shah Rukh Khan has come out and spoken in support of the film and its leading stars. In an interview to a daily Khan said it was heartbreaking to see how the film was fairing at the box office and felt people have been a little too harsh about it. 

"I would like to say something. It’s a little personal and I don’t know whether it’s right to say it or not. This is something that’s saddened me and so I want to share it. When it happened to me personally, I wasn’t so sad, but this time I am. There are people who have given excellence to cinema for years. A film can be good, a film can be bad; none of us can ever claim ki maine duniya ki sabsi achchi film banayi hain. Mr Bachchan and Aamir have been people who have constantly contributed to the excellence of cinema," SRK said. 

"The greatest contribution to Hindi cinema in the last 10 years has been from Aamir, and with Amitji, it’s been even longer. Now if a film of theirs (Thugs of Hindostan) doesn’t reach the level that you expected it to, does it take away from what they have done for cinema? I think some people have been a little too harsh. It’s heartbreaking. It doesn’t mean that their spirit is broken, they are all amazing artistes who will bounce back."

Praising 'Stree' and its success. SRK felt that a film like 'Thugs Of Hindostan' could be given leeway. "But one needs to be a little less harsh. I think Stree was fabulous and we need to make 20,000 films like that. But I also think that 'Thugs of Hindostan' is fantastic. Sometimes we do go wrong, but Aamir has never done a film in which he hasn’t put in his best… I’ve known him for 20 years. And if there’s anyone who can put in even more effort than Aamir — which Aamir will also agree — it’s Amitji... and at this age! So they’ve come in with good hearts and great talent and tried to make a film which tries to open up a new genre. I may be speaking out of turn, but just like we have embraced 'Stree', we need to give some leeway to films like Thugs… that attempt something different." 

Khan felt that the film should be appreciated for attempting a different genre. "An adventure film has not been made in India in decades… probably 'Parasmani' (1963) in black and white was the last one. Thugs… has tried to introduce this genre and kabhi kabhi upar neeche ho sakta hai. But the fact remains that in our cinema, we haven’t made an Indiana Jones and screw the comparison yaar, humne Pirates of the Caribbean bhi nahin banayi. So props to them for the attempt,” he said.