Sajid Khan: 'Critics? I don't give a damn'


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, April 13 -- Last week, when Housefull 2 hit theatres, film critics lashed out, comparing the comedy to be the "cinematic equivalent of junk food" and "one for four-year olds". But that didn't stop Sajid Khan's comic caper from raking in the moolah.

The film brought in R50 crore within just four days of its release. Also, it garnered the second best opening day collections of 2012 after Agneepath. "Harsh film reviews are a part and parcel of the job. At the end of the day, no one loves a particular film in its entirety. Whether it's Titanic, The Godfather, Avatar or 3 Idiots, a film is always the result of someone's belief system. But I feel that everything boils down to how it fares at the box office. Success at box office is a test of whether a film has been accepted or not," says Sajid.

Housefull 2's first four days' collections have exceeded the entire earnings brought in by Sajid's own Heyy Babyy (2007). The film has also outdone its 2010 prequel Housefull's first week exploits of R47 crore. "I have always maintained that I don't give a damn about critics. The collections are a big slap on their faces. For me, critics have zero value. I feel that only a person who buys a ticket to watch my film has the right to judge it: praise it or spit at it," says Sajid, who is happy to score a hat trick with three successes in a row.

"I don't know how to react, but it feels good to have entered a very exclusive club in the world. I am happy that the film is a big success," he says. Sajid also happens to be the second director in the last 20 years, besides Rajkumar Hirani, whose first three films have been blockbusters. Besides the duo, filmmakers Indra Kumar, Ramesh Sippy and Manoj Kumar also feature in the list.

"By now, audiences also know what to expect from my films. And even though I am not bragging, I know what works with audiences," says Sajid, promising his next, Himmatwala, will be Ajay Devgn's biggest hit of all time. "I'm sure Himmatwala will make R10 crore more than whatever business Housefull 2 eventually ends up doing. I am challenging myself."