In an interview with Indian Express, Jaideep Ahlawat opened up on the box office collection of his last release An Action Hero (2022) which also starred Ayushmann Khurrana. The film didn’t do well at the box office but gained tremendous viewership on streaming platform Netflix. Ahlawat said that this angered him and thought that it was wrong that it didn't fare well at the box office.
The actor told the news portal, “Yes, I definitely feel that. I feel a little bad for Anirudh (Iyer) also, he is a first-time director and he is an amazing filmmaker and an amazing human being. So I felt a little bad for him, the film also and for me, I felt yeh galat hai, (this is wrong)” Ahlawat said.
He further continued, “And then when the film came on OTT, everybody watched and loved it. I felt a little angry also. People (after watching it on OTT) wrote how they wished they had watched the film in theatres. Everybody who watched it in theatres or on OTT loved the film. I haven’t come across anyone who said yeh kya bakwaas film hai (what nonsense this is). It feels weird, I was like yeh samajh nahi aaya aise kyun hua (I don’t know what went wrong). It was a Bollywood masala film with so many things in it. There were so many factors in it, so many little social issues were addressed in the film. We told the story in a good way, but it showed yeh sab aapke aas paas ho raha hai (this is all happening in your immediate surrounding).”