While the controversy surrounding Hrithik Roshan’s public dispute with Kangana Ranaut seems to have reached a dead end all eyes are now glued to the superstar’s next big release the period epic Mohenjo Daro which opens on August 12.
The big question facing the big release is, will it be affected by the squalid squabbling ?
“Not at all,” asserts a trade expert who doesn’t want to be named. “The bickering doesn’t bother the boxoffice.Hrithik has a huge fan-following and a proven track record at the boxoffice. Hard work is his USP. Not media image. He has already gven a big historical hit with the same director Ashutosh Gowariker.”
So confident is Gowariker that we hear the film will have one of the biggest ever release for a Hrithik Roshanstarrer , although it is being pitched against the Akshay Kumar starrer Rustam.
Says a well-informed source, “Ashutosh is very confident of Mohenjo Daro. He is planning a release bigger than Hrithik’s Krissh 3 and Bang Bang.”
According to this source in the know, the big USP of Mohenjo Daro is its genre. “There are no major costume dramas this year except Mohenjo Daro. Last year there were Rajamouli’s Baahubali and Bhansali’s BajiraoMastani.This year there is only Hrithik’s costume drama. He has proved in the genre with Gowariker’s Jodhaa-Akbar.”
The only weak point in the boxoffice consideration is the leading lady. For the first time in his career Hrithik is paired opposite a newcomer Pooja Hegde. Even as a child actor Hrithik had Sridevi as his co-star in BhagwanDada.
Advance reports on Ms Hegde suggest she is “dynamite” on screen.
“Pooja is fully confident.She has shot some sizzling love scenes with Hrithik.She doesn’t let you feel she is raw or new.She will be a big star after Mohenjo Daro,” says a source closely associated with the film.
As for the competition from the Akshay starrer Rustam, the genres are completely different.Though both the films are set in the past Rustam goes back to 50 years, while Mohenjo Daro goes back to the 26th century.
Old better be gold this time. Ashutosh Gowariker has not had a successful film for years. To ensure he doesn’t lose his audience he has edited Mohenjo Daro down to a running time of just over 2 hours. Gowariker’s Swades,Jodhaa-Akbar, What’s Your Raashi and Khelenge Hum Jee Jaan Se all rammed into more than three hours.