Raj Kumar Gupta was praised to the skies when his small budget Aamir [Rajeev Khandelwal] was critically acclaimed and also turned out to be a fair Box Office success. It was followed by a much bigger No One Killed Jessica [Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan] which not just took a good opening but also sustained well to emerge as a clean Hit.

However, when his much hyped Ghanchakkar [Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan] couldn’t really cover the distance, he was disheartened for sure.

Nonetheless, five years after the release of his last film, writer-director Raj Kumar Gupta is now back with Ajay Devgn’s Raid and he is more positive than ever before.

Ajay Devgn's Raid director Raj Kumar Gupta
Ajay Devgn’s Raid Director Raj Kumar Gupta: “It Hurt When Ghanchakkar Didn’t Do As Expected”

“After Aamir and No One Killed Jessica, I was trying to do something different from what I had done before. I didn’t want to serve the same thing over and over to the audience. After making intense thrillers, I wanted to make a comic thriller next. I believed in Ghanchakkar, I thought it was a good story,” says Gupta.

The film did take a reasonably good opening though and its collection were reasonably fair too. However, since expectations were much higher, it saw the tag of being an underperformer attached to it.

Smiles Gupta, “Well, nice that you are calling it an underperformer since it was not a flop per se. Yes, it hurts when a film doesn’t do as well as expected. Ghanchakkar saw extreme reactions coming its way. I have to admit though that more people hated it than loving it. The film was close to my heart but then I respect the audience; after all they are paying money to watch a film. They are the same audience who loved Aamir and No One Killed Jessica. One moves on though.”

Now that his Raid is set to release this Friday, one waits to see the kind of audience reaction that comes its way. Given the fact that this one is a much more mass friendly flick, hopefully the Ajay Devgn starrer will meet with a positive response all over.

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

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