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Ranbir Kapoor's Besharam was panned on social networking sites like Twitter. Ranbir Kapoor's Besharam was panned on social networking sites like Twitter.
SummaryRanbir Kapoor-starrer Besharam's initial collection at Rs 21 cr, but director Abhinav Kashyap disturbed...

Besharam has opened well with Rs 21.56 crore collection at the box office, but director Abhinav Kashyap is disturbed about the negative response that the film has received on social networking sites

Did the opening day collection of Rs.21.56 crore (official figure from Reliance) meet your expectations?

I expected Besharam to do better, but I am very satisfied with the collections. They are highest in my career and Ranbir Kapoor’s too. For Reliance, it is their fourth highest opening. In UK the film opened in the top 10 grossers on the first day. It has done very well in Punjab, UP, Rajasthan, Delhi and Mysore. But it has not performed in Maharashtra which is the biggest territory, and neither has it done well in Mumbai. There are some other smaller territories where it has not matched our expectations.

What have the reactions been like?

They have been extremely polarised. But people on the internet and Twitter have thrashed it and are re-tweeting each others comments. The negativity on the internet is humungous. I must admit that we, my producers and I are suffering because of this. But what can we do? It was a simple and entertaining film. I don’t know if people were expecting some meaning out of it. But obviously, the fact that Ranbir’s character is ‘shameless’ didn’t get across to some people.

You think you could have done away with certain sequences like Rishi Kapoor sitting on the toilet seat and Ranbir Kapoor peeing in the fields?

I will do a postmortem and introspection once the film has had its run, but there are definitely contradictory signals about this. The intelligentsia might question me about those scenes, but I obviously thought that it was very funny and so did Rishi Kapoor. In fact Ranbir also wanted to do the film and was fine with the mannerisms of his character, Babli. A director is not a dictator who insists that the actors should do certain scenes because he’s paying them. Everyone read the script and it was all planned and we felt that it was very funny. I may have gone wrong, but I think it’s too early to say.

All kinds of cinema is being made in the country. There was Grand Masti before this which did fabulous business. I guess, my film should be viewed in the right context. There’s a segment, who have turned up their noses. But

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