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"Critics don't like me" - Sajid Khan

Sajid Khan
Sajid Khan had earlier spoken about the sheer differentiation factor between a hit and a flop film, the challenge that lies ahead in the biggies that would follow in 2010, some brickbats that he has faced for the climax of Housefull and rumours of him antagonising Karan Johar. In a conversation with this correspondent, Sajid Khan talks about his perceived war with critics, fulfilling the promise of giving his actors the biggest success of their career, accusations of being termed as arrogant and why it doesn't matter to him if he is not winning many friends in the industry.

On his war of words with critics
Honestly, critics don't know anything about Hindi or English films. I have been a critic myself; I have made fun of films made by others and also my own. Still, the fact remains that there is no critic in the world who has given two back to back blockbusters. When I started off as a director, I said that I would make a hit film and now I have done it twice in a row. Nobody makes movies for critics and those who do are foolish. In any case, in 90% of cases, critics and audience think differently. This has been proven across the world. Sholay was written off by critics in India while big money spinners like Transformers as well as Quantum of Solace were also given thumbs down by them. Who are these critics? Their job is to give 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars for movies that 'they' have liked. How do they know what is it that audience is going to like?

On certain critics coming down heavily on Housefull
I had promised myself that I won't read a single review of Housefull and I stuck to my stand. For me, a review is to go to a theatre and see audience reaction. It's like when you are in a play, you don't wait to read a review around the points where audience is clapping. Your experience is first hand because you can see the reaction of audience through your own eyes. I can openly say this to any critic in the world that sit across my table, talk about films and I will wipe you off in 5 minutes. Critics don't know jack sh

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