The release of Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro is set to clash with another biggie, Akshay Kumar’s Rustom, on August 12. There is cause for concern among filmmakers as clashes have resulted in box office numbers being divided between films, but Gowariker is not worried. “You know, clashes always happen,” he shrugs.
Remind him that Akshay stays in the same building as him and he could well work out a resolution, and Ashutosh laughs, “The thought that comes to your mind is two big films being released together will result in a clash and the box-office dividends will get divided. All that happens, but ultimately you have to decide whether you want to release it at this time and you have to do what is in your interest. You have to think how best your film can reach the audience.”
Citing instances when films released together did well, the filmmaker reasons, “Sholay and Jai Santoshi Maa were released on the same day in 1975, and both were superhit films. Lagaan and Gadar (2001) too. So I think both Mohenjo Daro and Rustom should also work. Both should be super successes.”