As always, this Independence day weekend was an exciting time for Bollywood fans. Every year some of the biggest makers in Bollywood time their movies to release on this day. This year too, two major Bollywood films – Rustom and Mohenjo Daro released on the same day making it tough for fans to choose which one to watch. As for me, it was easy – I just watched both of them back to back. Nothing like a Bollywood movie fiesta to make an Independence day weekend memorable!
I have always been a big fan of both Hrithik Roshan and Akshay Kumar. Akshay Kumar more so after watching one of his best Bollywood films – Airlift, which is based on the true story of India’s largest evacuation exercise in history. His Rustom too is based on a real life incident and as always Akshay Kumar comes across as a very sincere actor breathing life into every role he takes up. Rustom is based on a murder case involving a Navy office. A low budget film, it wins you over with its storyline that always keeps you on the edge of your seats. It also has some patriotic flavors.
Hrithik’s Mohenjo Daro, on the other hand, is a period Bollywood film complete with sets and costumes that belong to another era. The film has lavish sets and most of them were decorated with ancient writings and motifs to create the Indus valley civilization look. The costumes also look good and the script is superb. Hrithik looks like amazing and apparently he underwent special training to build the perfect physique for the film.
The first three days, Mohenjo Daro collected about 30 crores with 30 – 35% occupancy in most theaters while Rustom collected 14 crores and 50% occupancy. Rustom is listed among the top five openers of 2015, a big feat for a Bollywood film made on a small budget. So this time round it appears that Akshay Kumar’s magic has worked better than Hrithik Roshan’s good looks.
I enjoyed watching both movies. But if you must pick one, then go for Rustom. If you liked Akshay Kumar’s Airlift then you are sure to like Rustom too.