Actor Salman Khan has offered a theory as to why his film Tubelight underperformed at the box office. Salman didnâ€™t mention the poor reviews, but said that the filmâ€™s Eid release could have hurt it. Tubelight has a â€˜rottenâ€™ 15% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 13 reviews.
When asked if Salman has developed an instinct as a producer, he told Pinkvilla, â€œLike for Tubelight, I did say that (this is Eid), people are going there to you know, (want to have fun), and they are going to have a great time, (itâ€™s a celebratory film, and we know that the script does not warrant an Eid release). So they were like â€˜no no, we have got the date, how can we miss Eidâ€™. I said â€˜that doesnâ€™t mean this film should be released on Eid, letâ€™s think of another dateâ€™.â€
He continued, â€œBut at that time I should have put my foot down because (people went in expecting a celebration, but came out crying)â€. Salmanâ€™s association with the Eid release date goes back a long way. The streak began with Wanted in 2009 and has delivered big box office hits such as Bodyguard, Dagangg, Ek Tha Tiger, Kick, Sultan and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The only films to have underperformed are Tubelight and the recent Race 3.
25 big budget Bollywood movies that flopped
â€˜Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Rajaâ€™ (1993)
â€˜Raju Chachaâ€™ (2000)
â€˜Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aagâ€™ (2007)
â€˜Love Story 2050â€™ (2008)
â€˜Chandni Chowk To Chinaâ€™ (2009)
â€˜Khele Hum Jee Jaan Seâ€™ (2010)
â€˜Bombay Velvetâ€™ (2015)
â€˜Detective Byomkesh Bakshyâ€™ (2015)
Salman will relinquish the Eid slot to Akshay Kumar in 2020, when the Kesari star releases Rohit Shettyâ€™s Sooryavanshi. This Eid, however, Salman will next appear in Ali Abbas Zafarâ€™s Bharat, in which he will reunite with Katrina Kaif. It was recently announced that Salman will star in director Sanjay Leela Bhansaliâ€™s Padmaavat follow-up, titled Inshallah. The film will also feature Alia Bhatt.