Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal, whose recent release ‘Rock On 2’ tanked at the box office, has blamed demonetisation for the failure of the movie.
“We all have worked hard for the movie. But Rock On 2 took the brunt of the demonetisation”, Arjun told a leading daily.
The demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the nation with a storm. While everyone is having their take on the issue, the Bollywood too has voiced their opinions with most of the celebs supporting the move.
However, demonetisation has undoubtedly taken a toll on the box office collections of the recent releases including ‘Rock On 2’. Interestingly, ‘Rock On 2’ was scheduled to release just two days after demonetisation was announced.
Talking on the same, Arjun stated that no one was expecting such a big economic policy change at the last moment and it was indeed a panic situation for the team.
“We were suddenly staring at an audience with zero purchasing power, what with all their existing funds requiring banking intervention”, Arjun added.
He further asserted that the makers even considered pushing the release of the movie. However, it wasn’t possible at the last moment and they had to release the movie as per the schedule.
While, Arjun feels the box office collections of the movie were hampered by the economic policy change, he has no regrets for it.
Earlier, the actor had voiced his opinions in support of demonetisation move, saying, “I think that in the long term, this decision is going to be good for our country”.
Also starring Shraddha Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, and Prachi Desai, ‘Rock On 2’ has managed to mint around Rs 10 crores in one week of release.
Helmed by Shujat Saudagar, the movie was released on November 11.