The D day is here. Rustom and Mohenjo Daro are releasing today, a lot has happened over the past few weeks, from half of Bollywood siding Rustom over Mohenjo Daro. Let's take a final look at where both the movies stand when compared to each other, before the financial game starts at the box office.
Reports and sources tell us that while Akshay’s film has only managed to bag 2000 screens, Hrithik’s movie has bagged approximately 2500 screens. 500 more screens is a big advantage for Mohenjo Daro, however this doesn’t guarantee success. In fact, as per latest reports, Mohenjo Daro will be the only movie to be screened in single screens of Mumbai city, due to the deal screen owners signed with UTV Disney, the studio backing Mohenjo Daro. So that's a loss for Rustom as Akshay Kumar has a huge fan following among masses. So, Hrithik has an edge here.
In 2014, when Hrithik's Bang Bang released alongside Shahid's Haider, almost half of the industry supported Hrithik's Bang Bang on twitter and posted various Bang Bang dare, a campaign started by Hrithik himself. But this time the tables have turned and almost half of the industry supported Akshay Kumar's Rustom. Which made Hrithik feel alienated, of course the silver lining was the support from his friend, director and co-star Farhan Akhtar and his protege Tiger Shroff, though the latter tweeted in support of both the movies. So here clearly Akshay has an edge over Hrithik. Even Salman Khan decided to side with Akshay.
Blast from the past
Akshay has had a golden year so far with his last two movies crossing Rs 100 crore at the domestic box office. And being profitable for its respective makers. On the other hand, Hrithik's last release was Bang Bang, which released almost two years back in 2014, although the opening of the movie was one of the best but due to high cost couldn't make much money for the distributors, even after crossing Rs 100 crores at the domestic box office. So, Akshay is hoping to repeat the success he had so far this year and Hrithik will be craving for a true blue success as he'll be on the big screen after two years.
Budget of Rustom is around Rs 80-85 crores, whereas the budget of Mohenjo Daro is Rs 100+ crores. Rustom has an edge here being of a lesser budget as compared to that of Mohenjo Daro. It'll be easier to recover Rs 80 crores than Rs 100 plus crores. But again lesser budget doesn't guarantee a success, it's just makes it easier to recover.
As per the reports, Mohenjo Daro has already recovered Rs 60 crores from its satellite rights and music rights. Where as Rustom is yet to fetch any cost for its satellite rights or music rights. So Mohenjo Daro is on top here.
Music of Mohenjo Daro, didn't really work with the listeners. Music maestro AR Rahman failed to deliver this time. On the other hand, music of Rustom also couldn't do much but the Atif Aslam track Tere Sang Yara did make it to the top. Mohenjo Daro's Tu hain is perhaps the only song people are still humming.
Both the films have edge over each other in certain areas, however, Rustom seems to be winning the battle as of now, but we think, initially it'll be the star power of Akshay Kumar vs the star power of Hrithik Roshan and at the end it'll boil down to the content, which will decide a clear winner.
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