Every superstar needs the hits to remain a superstar. Hrithik Roshan has not been seen on screen for nearly two years. His last release Bang Bang was not exactly Mughal-e-Azam…Or Jodha Akbar.
Mohenjo Daro which opens this week is crucial to Hrithik and his director Ashutosh Gowariker. Hrithik’s personal life has been shrouded in clouds ever since his seemingly beautiful marriage came apart after 14 years .Akshay Kumar, on the other hand, has an impeccable family man’s image. This time as a bonus he also has the support of [tooltip id="4db8f5608d45f5de7881d9bce162f4bf"]Salman Khan">">[/tooltip] who has urged his fans to go see Rustom.’
In fact there is a concerted campaign within the film industry to promote Rustom. This is seen as an indirect snub to Mohenjo Daro, though neither Hrithik nor Akshay sees it that way.
Says Hrithik, “It’s really sweet if the fraternity is supporting Rustom. I am quite cool with it. I am confidentMohenjo Daro will get the audience it deserves.”
Akshay Kumar too insists he has no hand in the pro-Rustom campaign within the film industry. “I haven’t asked anyone to recommend my film, now or ever.It’s their generosity of spirit to come forward to do so.”
Trade experts feel both the biggies are poised for a formidable boxoffice run.
Says Atul Mohan, “ Two big films coming on same day will definitely affect the opening of both. But looking at these two films, both are in different leagues with two superstars and two big studios battling for the top slot. Both should command good opening .But the final boxoffice outcome will depend on the acceptance of the audience. So it’s all wait and watch. The week is big with two holidays and Sunday.
Atul also adds that pre-release enthusiasm for both the film is on the lower side. “The advance booking for both the film is little slower than expected.”
Amod Mehra feels the makers of Rustom are more confident. “Out of the two biggies releasing this week the one that’s seems more confident is Rustom, as the makers are showing it to the press before Mohenjo Daro !!”