With two of his films Once upon a time in Mumbai Dobaara and Gori Teri Pyaar Mein consecutively failing at the box office, we are now doubtful if Imran Khan has lost his appeal with the audiences. The once immensely popular campus poster hero of Jaane Tu ya Jaane na hasn’t given a hit as big as that ever since. His failure at the box office did not stop the chocolate boy from being the heart-throb of the nation, as he’s won a place in bollywood’s 11 best dressed men in a popular bollywood magazine and ranked 40th in the Forbes’ celebrity list of India.
So why is it that his films are continuously failing at the box office. Abhinay Deo, the director of Delhi Belly and Imran’s close friend thinks that he should choose his films carefully. “We did an extensive three-week prep before Delhi Belly rolled, he was super in the film. You can’t entirely blame him for his recent failures. I think he is a lambi race ka ghoda who has moved from chocolate-boy roles to experiment with films like Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and OUATIMD. He just needs to find one right film and he’ll outshine the other heroes.” Abhinay says.
Amod Mehra, the the trade analyst says, “Imran is hit by wrong selection of films and he is depending on the filmmakers to see him through.”
And here’s what exhibitor Manoj Desai thought, “He has good screen presence but has yet to deliver a great performance.”
Ali Abbas Jaffar, who directed him in Mere Brother Ke Dulhan thought that the film maker is responsible for any failure and not the actor.”He’s a cultured guy with a certain masoomiyat and a clean public image. This made it possible for him to convince everyone that despite this one indiscretion, he was a good son, brother and friend. That’s what worked for my film ” Jaffar added.