Vivek Agnihotri’s new film, The Vaccine War, is currently being screened in theaters alongside Shah Rukh Khan’s Jawan. In a recent interview with Siddharth Kannan, director Vivek Agnihotri didn’t hold back when sharing his unfiltered opinion on Khan’s recent projects.
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Without directly naming Khan’s movies, Agnihotri criticized them, stating that he found them “very superficial.” He expressed his belief that Khan is capable of delivering better content and questioned the portrayal of these films as the standard of filmmaking, suggesting it may be driven by sycophancy.
Agnihotri’s candid remarks about Khan’s recent cinematic offerings have not gone unnoticed. He acknowledged that Shah Rukh Khan’s fans have previously targeted him on social media platforms in response to his opinions.
Shah Rukh Khan’s film Jawan, released on September 7, has been a resounding success, currently in its third week at the box office. The film has posed stiff competition to other new releases, including Vivek Agnihotri’s The Vaccine War, released on September 28.
It’s worth noting that Vivek Agnihotri had previously praised Jawan on Twitter, predicting that it would become an all-time blockbuster. He clarified that he wasn’t interested in the Bollywood game of clashes and emphasized that his film, The Vaccine War, focuses on a different subject altogether.
Adbhut. Mind blowing. Blockbuster written all over it. #AskVRA https://t.co/M2fofYWZII
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) September 2, 2023
Jawan stars Shah Rukh Khan in the role of army man Vikram Rathore, alongside his son, Azad. The film marks Nayanthara’s Hindi film debut and also stars Vijay Sethupathi as the lead antagonist, with Deepika Padukone making an extended cameo appearance. Jawan has achieved remarkable success, grossing ₹1068.58 crore worldwide.
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