SAAND KI AANKH, MADE IN CHINA or HOUSEFULL 4 which ‘superstar’ will keep the ‘diya’ ‘Roshan’.
Diwali is the biggest festival in India. Time when people have money and are willing to spend. Bollywood majors always eye for festivals/holiday releases to cash on the capacity of the audience to pay. Be it Eid, Christmas, Independence Day, Republic day etc. Stars like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have their festival/holiday preference.
Salman is the favorite on Eid, Akshay Kumar with his current tag as the face of patriotism on silver screen, enjoys the patronage on Independence Day and/or Republic Day. Previously Aamir preferred Christmas and Shah Rukh Khan preferred Diwali. Yes Of course, Ajay Devgn is still the undisputed King when it comes to Diwali release. Ajay Devgn holds an unbeatable record of 8 super hits on Diwali starting from JIGAR (1992).
But this year Bollywood’s 2019 Diwali is different. HOUSEFULL 4 a reincarnation comedy by Farhad Samji, and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. The fourth installment of HOUSEFULL franchise has an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hegde and Kriti Kharbanda.
SAAND KI AANKH the biographical based on the lives of sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar ‘stars’ Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu, produced by Reliance Entertainment.
MADE IN CHINA a quirky comedy ‘stars’ Rajkummar Rao, Mouni Roy, Boman Irani, produced by Jio Studios and Maddock Films.
On the face of it HOUSEFULL 4 seems to have the definite age due to star power, after Independence Day and Republic Day, Akshay Kumar is eyeing a big Diwali and why not. Diwali (the time when people have money, many get bonus etc and they are willing to spend).
But the tremendous confidence by the producers of SAAND KI AANKH and MADE IN CHINA in their content should also be taken into account. What a scene that can define a new era in Bollywood. A traditional fun filled no brainer with an assemble cast on one end, a biopic on 80+ sharp shooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar on the other , with the quirky comedy coming as well, this Diwali the banquet is filled with good options.
It must be noted that the gap between the mainstream and parallel cinema has reduced with BADHAI HO, NEWTON, SHUBH MANGALAM SAVDHAN getting a proper release and winning accolades on its sheer power of content.
If SAAND KI AANKH and/ or MADE IN CHINA give it tough to HOUSEFULL 4 and make it to the coveted core club easily then it will be the triumph of content and true Diwali in every sense.
So the ‘secret superstar’ this Diwali and every festival or any Friday is still the content.