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Film industry faces lull period every 5 years, say director Rohit Shetty

The director believes that it's just a phase, which will end soon and there is no need to worry.


Filmmaker Rohit Shetty, known for making big budget movies, says the year 2017 hasn't been good in terms of business and it's bad for the film industry. But he believes that it's just a phase, which will end soon and there is no need to worry.

After superstar Salman Khan's Tubelight failed to pull the masses to the theatres this year, the film industry had pinned hopes on Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal, which again left many disappointed.

Asked about the poor performances at the box office in 2017, Shetty at a media interaction said, "It has been a very bad year. There have been years like this. I still remember when I was doing Golmaal Returns (2008), we had the same lull period. After every five years, there comes a period like this. It's bad for the industry."

According to him, going by the history of cinema, all kinds of genres, directors and actors have been faced a similar phase.

"Now, we are differentiating between art and all. It's just that presentation changes sometimes. There have been some years when the audience rejected everything and we don't know why. So, it's a phase and it will end very soon. We don't need to worry or panic 'ki kya banayenge' (what to make)," added Shetty, who has made blockbusters like Chennai Express (2013) and Singham (2011).

He is coming back with Golmaal Again, which is the fourth part of the Golmaal franchise.

Shetty isn't worried about the film clashing with Aamir Khan's Secret Superstar at the box office this Diwali.

"Golmaal and Fashion came together in 2008. Both the films did well. There are so many films and only 52 Fridays (in a year) so, there will be a clash," he said.

The director said he has even watched the trailer of Secret Superstar, which is based on the story of a child who aspires to be a singer.

"Aamir is there so obviously it will be a great film. But luckily, the genres are different and it's Diwali time so there is space," Shetty said.