To say the Ram Gopal Varma-Nagarjuna film Officer is a flop would be an understatement. The film is perhaps the worst one of the actor’s career. This was the first time that a Nagarjuna film managed to collect only a few lakhs at some areas of the box office.
Both RGV and the actor were very confident that the film would do well. So it was perhaps a hard pill to swallow for the star when he, along with the producer, admitted that the movie was a failure.
On Monday, the actor posted a quote by Winston Churchill about failures and success. “Good morning! it is Monday again and another week is over. These words by Winston Churchill come to my mind “SUCCESS IS NOT FINAL, FAILURE IS NOT FATAL: IT IS THE COURAGE TO CONTINUE THAT COUNTS.” I smile and I move on. Have a great day!!! (sic)”, the actor posted on Twitter.
After the RGV-Nagarjuna combo flopped, many fans are now telling the actor to keep his son Akhil’s upcoming project with Ram Gopal Varma on hold.
“Please don’t give Akhil to that waste fellow RGV...He is not doing good films now a days...Please CANCEL Akhil and RGV combination...And you also don’t do films with RGV ever...Please remember this nag....All the very best for your future projects (sic),” posted a fan in reply to Nagarjuna’s tweet.
There were many more such tweets. Sudheer Chandra, the film’s producer, admitted the film was a failure. “Everyone involved in this film is at a loss emotionally, creatively and financially,” said Sudheer. He also denied the rumor that he sold the film “forcefully” to some buyers.
“Except in five districts in Andhra Pradesh, where it was sold at a mere minimum guarantee price because of the buyers’ involvement in the film from earlier, we ourselves released the film in the rest of the world,” says Sudheer, adding, “We forced no one nor lured anyone into buying it at any point.”
The producer also accepted that there was a lot of negativity before the film even released. “At the end of the day, it’s our duty as makers to give it our best shot, which is what we did,” says Sudheer.
The only person who seems to have liked the film is the actor’s wife Amala Akkineni. After seeing the film, her social media post read thus, “Brilliant performances, Brilliant film. No nonsense – straight forward storytelling, sound that keepsa you on the edge of your seat, upright and insights into deeply disturbing truths about a system that can be used and abused, yet saved! Wishing my sweetheart Nagarjuna and his team ‘Officer‘ the film, a great successful release today. So proud of you (sic).”
It remains to be seen if Nagarjuna will brush this off or take the advice of his fans seriously and tell RGV to take a break and not direct Akil’s forthcoming film....