Director Saran explains why Ajith starrer Asal failed at the box office

Saran said that Asal failed to do justice to Ajith Kumar’s mass hero image.

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A still from Asal.

A few years ago, director Saran collaborated with Tamil superstar Ajith Kumar for a film titled ‘Asal’. While the audiences had high expectations from this one, it underperformed at the box office and left ‘Thala’ fans quite disappointed. During a recent chat with a leading website, Saran spoke about Asal’s failure and said it was quite different from his other films and did not project Ajith as a mass hero. Hence, audiences could never really connect with it.

“My previous collaborations with Ajith sir before Asal were very different. Also, Ajith sir is known to be a mass hero but suddenly he asked me if we could try a different pattern without the mass punch dialogues. In fact, he wanted me to do a subtle character with minimal to no dialogues and a stylish film for him. Hence we got to do a script like Asal. What audiences expected of the two of us collaborating was totally different from what came out as the film. This expectation we could not cater to because we tried something totally different with Ajith sir. This is why I feel the movie did not perform well and become a hit,” he added.

In case you did not know, ‘Asal’ was an action film and also featured Sameera Reddy in the lead. The supporting cast included names such as Suresh and Sampath Raj.

On a related note, Saran’s latest film ‘Aayirathil Iruvar’ hit screens today. As far as Ajith is concerned, he was last seen in the spy-thriller ‘Vivegam’ and earned rave reviews for his performance. Directed by Siva, it also features Kajal Aggarwal and Akshara Haasan in the lead.

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