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Ashutosh Gowariker not keen to take queries on Mohenjo Daro?


Fillmmaker was due to attend a media interaction this morning, but backed out citing illness.

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Mayur Lookhar

It was a morning that journalists were keenly awaiting as this was a chance to ask some honest questions to Ashutosh Gowariker following the debacle of his magnum opus, Mohenjo Daro, starring Hrithik Roshan. 

Surprisingly, the filmmaker was chosen to feature on the cover of a noted magazine for their September edition. The long invite, more like a profile, mentioned about Gowariker’s list of acclaimed films such as Lagaan, Swades, and Jodhaa Akbar. We were yet again reminded how Lagaan was nominated for Oscar (in the foreign category). Mohenjo Daro was merely mentioned as the filmmaker’s epic last film. 

The period drama, which was made on a whopping budget of Rs 120 crore (approx), could barely muster Rs60 crore (India market) in three weeks thus far. Panned by both critic and audiences alike, Mohenjo Daro had been declared an epic flop. 

Mohenjo Daro’s disastrous show has led to severe ramifications with producers Disney India deciding to opt out of Hindi film production following recurring losses. 

The media was keen to get an honest assessment of he loss from Gowariker, but late last evening, journalists received a message that left them disappointed. The scheduled press interaction with Ashutosh Gowariker was cancelled because the director wasn’t feeling too well.

Well, we are sure the filmmakers must have got a bit under the weather, but it perhaps would have been more sickening for Gowariker to be grilled over the failure of Mohenjo Daro. 

Save for Lagaan and to a certain extent Jodhaa Akbar, Gowariker has struggled to make his films work at the box-office. Sadly after yet another debacle, the filmmaker’s future looks bleak.