July 9, 2010 12:49:40 PM IST Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
In his latest release, I HATE LUV STORYS, lead actor Imran Khan essays the role of a cynic, one who does not believe in love and he hates people and filmmakers who make love stories. Not only that, he ridicules the very concept of films which revolve around love stories, always making fun of them.
However, jokes aside, going by the stats we feel that Imran Khan should not be hating love stories at all, in fact he should be grateful to the two love stories JAANE TU...YA JAANE NA and I HATE LUV STORYS, which have been the saving grace of his career. As all familiar with Bollywood know that even though Imran Khan's debut film, JAANE TU...YA JAANE NA was a blockbuster, yet his next two films, the much hyped action extravaganzas, KIDNAP (co-starring Sanjay Dutt) and the multi starrer, LUCK were disasters and failed to take even a decent opening despite them being publicized as Imran Khan films.
In fact KIDNAP came close on the heels of the super success of JT..YJN. But ironically, once again it was a love story, the Punit Malhotra directed I HATE LUV STORYS that was instrumental in giving Imran his second hit.
Well, in Bollywood actors do tend to get slotted and get caught up in their images and it will take a while before Imran can get out of his chocolate boy image, although he can take heart from the fact that even 'mamu' perfectionist Aamir Khan took a long time to get out of his lover boy (QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK) image!