Hrithik Roshan-starrer ambitious project Mohenjo Daro may not have fared well at the box office, but the period-drama has humbled some very important films that were aired on television recently. Mohenjo Daro premiered on October 9, at 1 pm, on Star Gold.
The Ashutosh Gowariker-directed film beat Shah Rukh Khan's Fan and Sonam Kapoor's Neerja among others with a TVT rating of 49,43,000. According to the TVT list, Mohenjo Daro was one of the most-watched film of week 41, followed by Aamir Khan's PK, which garnered a rating of 35,62,000.
Below is the top five list:
Mohenjo Daro (Premiere): 49,43,000
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: 31,19,000
Interestingly, Mohenjo Daro has bagged slot seven in the list featuring Bollywood films that have premiered on TV this year. Check the numbers below:
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: 2,51,19,000
Dishoom: 95, 44, 000
Housefull 3: 78,16,000
Sanam Re: 56,66,000
Mohenjo Daro: 49,43,000
Mohenjo Daro was an important and special film for Roshan for quite a few reasons. First, the star had worked hard to essay the role of Sarman, the sincere Harappan villager who travelled to an alien land on business prospects. Second, he was back on the big screen after a gap of almost two years.
Unfortunately, Mohenjo Daro failed to live up to the hype. Explaining why the film may have gone wrong, Gowariker told the Huffington Post that the film didn't meet the expectations audiences had from it.
"A section of the audience that saw the film in theatres like it. Those who saw it on television, they appreciated it too. And then there was a section of the audience who panned the film. It was because they had a certain imagination of Mohenjo Daro, which the film didn't align with. Now why did that happen? Did you know what Mohenjo Daro looked like, before the movie? No. You sat up on it after we made the film. It's about a perception and that in itself is very hard to change," Gowariker elaborated.