Akshay Kumar on Housefull 4 box office controversy: ‘Nobody is going to lie for this, one can call theatres and calculate it’
Akshay Kumar reacts to controversy surrounding the accuracy of box office collection numbers shared by industry trade experts.Updated: Nov 03, 2019 10:47 IST
Questions have been raised on the film’s earnings but Akshay has downplayed all of this. When asked whether he was upset about it, Akshay, in a group interview said, “Do I look upset? I am from that era where I have heard a lot of people say a lot of things. But I have never said anything. In my school, I was taught, ‘Mind your own business’.”
When prodded further, the superstar said, “It doesn’t make a difference. What will I do? You can talk to theatre owners. You will keep asking me this same question four times to get an answer. The answer is I am not writing all this. “These people are writing it. I am not running anything. My point of view is very simple, whatever comes in front of the media as you react to it, I react to it. So, there is nothing new about it.”
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The actor said Fox Star Studios, who has produced the film along with Sajid Nadiadwala, is not lying about the money Housefull 4 has made since its release on October 25. “There is a studio called Fox Star Studios (involved with the film) it has a big credibility. It is a corporate. It runs from LA. It is not possible. We should use our brains. They make films of millions and millions of dollars and for them to increase by three or five nothing will happen. So, let’s talk sense. They (Fox Star Studios) are writing it on their own (Twitter) handle and it goes everywhere, they have to report to everyone. Nobody is going to lie this.”
Dharamputra aur Bala ka yudh hai bada mazedaar. 🤣 Aapko kya lagta hai?Kaun jeetega?— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 2, 2019
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Akshay maintained that the film has done a business of about Rs 137 crore. Reacting to the Housefull 4 controversy, some section of industry experts have said the box office numbers should not be shared on public platform. On this, he said, “If a corporate won’t put then anyone else will put it. It is like an open book, one can call theatres and you can calculate it. I don’t think so we shouldn’t put it, we should put it.”
Meanwhile, multiplex chain owners issued a statement on Friday and said the fourth part of the Housefull franchise is a success at the box office. Kamal Gianchandani, CEO PVR Pictures said, “This Diwali has been truly Housefull 4 waali! We have never seen such huge group bookings at our plexes. From the day it has opened on Friday, it has grown many folds on Monday, Tuesday and is still growing stronger even on weekdays.
Isn’t it time everyone reports Box Office numbers accurately! @KomalNahta @taran_adarsh ... accuracy of information builds CREDIBILITY which the movie industry needs so badly ... and not sure how long-to appease egos will Studios and all keep encouraging pumped up data on numbers— Ronnie Screwvala (@RonnieScrewvala) October 29, 2019
Just to clarify that my tweet was not directed at any one movie ( as is being wrongly assumed ) but just an overall comment for the future + my reasons to tag some of the industry authorities was because they can make a difference to the credibility - happy Diwali— Ronnie Screwvala (@RonnieScrewvala) October 29, 2019
Housefull 4 has emerged kids’ favourite movie of the season and they couldn’t stop laughing throughout this comic caper.” Rajender Singh Jiyala, chief programming officer of INOX said, “HouseFull 4 has received stupendous response across INOX plexes. It has been loved by all age groups, especially family audiences, who have welcomed it wholeheartedly. This Diwali we couldn’t ask for more as it reaffirms our belief that comedy movies work wonders during the festival season.”
CEO of Cinepolis India, Devang Sampat shared, at their 385 screens, they have generated around million-plus admits and expects this to double.
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