"Critics forget that every film comes with a certain budget" - Madhur Bhandarkar
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
It is matter of jubilation for Madhur Bhandarkar and his entire ensemble cast of TRAFFIC SIGNAL. And why not? After all today the film completes it's 50 days run at the box office as it enters its 8th week in the running.
The film had opened to mixed reactions in the media while it's opening was decent when one looks at lack of star value and below average songs. Add to it that the film coming immediately after SALAAM E ISHQ which though didn't quite meet with expected reactions was still a big enough competitor. But still to the film's credit, it managed to covers its costs and also made a neat profit for its makers and investors by nearing the 9 crores mark at the box office.
On contacted, an elated Bhandarkar quipped, "A continued run of 50 days is a definite answer to all those who tried to pan my movie as a non-starter after the first day commenced. But as always, my audience has stayed on with me and made TRAFFIC SIGNAL a success. It happened with CHANDNI BAR, PAGE 3 and CORPORATE too, each of which had met with diverse reactions from certain sections of media."
But then some even went ahead and called it a flop after 1st week itself. Isn't that so? "See, sometimes these so-called critics forget that every film comes with a certain budget and needs a certain amount of profit making to classify as a hit or a flop. In that respect, TRAFFIC SIGNAL has earned decent money for everyone involved and proved once again that a different subject if handled well will find it's share of followers. Everyone associated with the film is happy and probably this very fact is making so many out there unhappy", he concludes with a laugh!