Akshay Kumar starrer Housefull 4 has done a phenomenal business at the box office. The film that had a decent opening of Rs 18.50 crore has recently entered the coveted Rs 200 crore club.
While the film has registered phenomenal numbers, the reviews by film critics were not so good on the first day, they were even harsh. Since the film had just a decent opening despite being a big budget multi-starrer project, the criticism got severe and speculations were made that the film would tank at the box office.
The director of the film Farhad Samji has recently opened up about the severe criticism the film got upon its release and the exponential growth in collection that came on first Monday.
While speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Farhad said, “We had the discussion before the release with Sajid Nadiadwala and Fox Studios. They know it was a pre-Diwali time. They are businessmen and they know which period is fruitful for a film and which one is disadvantageous. Since we knew it was a pre-Diwali period and the collection we wanted were not possible in that period as the audience would be busy in Diwali pooja. We were sure the film would take off from Monday and the collections would grow but we did not know the extent of growth. The film got a huge boost after it made Rs 60 crore collectively on Monday and Tuesday and all the negativity went way. And I feel at the end of the day it is the film that talks.”
Interestingly, after film started doing huge business allegations were made that the makers were putting out fake figures. Riteish Deshmukh who appears as Bangdu Maharaj / Roy in Housefull 4 suggested to “have computerised system where every ticket when bought goes automatically to the sensex where you know exactly what the box office figures are.”
The actor further added, “There is certain amount of negativity for Housefull 4 not for box office but for the film. There might be people who may not have liked the film. I respect their opinion. But to prove a point that that is the opinion of the nation is something one shouldn’t go after. Let the audience go and figure out for themselves.”