In spite of Dilwale having made almost Rs 400 crore at the worldwide box office, Shah Rukh Khan has been having sleepless nights over the film’s fate. The latest shocking news is that Shah Rukh Khan has refunded half of the amount of Dilwale losses that the distributors faced. First it was just a rumour, and then trade analyst Komal Nahta tweeted that Shah Rukh Khan has indeed returned close to 5o percent of the distributor’s money for Dilwale. He said on Twitter, “@iamsrk does what few wud do. Refunds 50% of the loss of distributors of his Dilwale. That’s what u call a considerate producer!” (ALSO READ: Dilwale movie review: Shah Rukh Khan the romantic & Kajol the femme fatale entertain!)
Reasons for Dilwale‘s box office failure in India
It is no secret that Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol were very disappointed with how Dilwale – their comeback film as Bollywood’s favourite jodi – turned out. The 2015 Rohit Shetty film did decent business at the box office but not as much as other SRK films. Plus, it was also criticised for being too naive and idiotic a story for actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. On top of that, SRK’s comment on intolerance in the country was not taken lightly by some and certain areas did not screen Dilwale. (ALSO READ: Shah Rukh Khan: Won’t comment on political or religious matters)
Dilwale did quite well at the overseas box office though. But SRK is, of course, not happy with the India collections. Shah Rukh Khan had confessed to reporters, “I don’t think the film has done as well as it should have. I am personally disappointed with that,” Shah Rukh told reporters here. To be honest, it has perhaps not done as well in India as I would like it to do. But overseas it has done very well in a lot of countries like Germany, Austria. It is quite thrilling that Indian films are reaching far and wide. There is a lot of business opportunities.”
Abhishek and Aamir had returned money, too
Earlier, we have seen actor Abhishek Bachchan returning the fee of Players to Abbas Mustan after the movie’s debacle. The film also had Sonam Kapoor. Aamir Khan had returned Rs 2 crore to Yash Raj Films when Fanaa (2006) was banned in Gujarat due to Aamir’s support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan. And now, Shah Rukh Khan has done the same but for distributors, since Dilwale was his home production under the Red Chillies Entertainments film banner. Will SRK’s goodwill in the industry increase with this sweet gesture? Will it become a practice?