Riteish Deshmukh happy with first solo success TNLHG

Reteish Deshmukh & Genelia D'Souza
Reteish Deshmukh & Genelia D'SouzaRiteish Deshmukh is all smiles. His Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, even though not a bumper hit, has turned out to be a small and decent success at the box office. What further makes it special for him is the fact that this is his first solo success in ages.

“Even though Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya started slow on the day of its release, the word of mouth as well as reviews were decent to good. There has been escalation in collections over the weekend and by the time weekend came to a close, it was clear that the film was accepted. The newlyweds are now keenly observing how the film holds itself over the weekdays. If the momentum continues, it would be a huge win for all involved”, comments an exhibitor.

However, the one for whom this success would matter most is Riteish Deshmukh who, after two unsuccessful attempts of going solo in Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai and Aladin, had almost made up his mind to stick to multi starrers. This is when he signed films like Double Dhamaal, Housefull 2, Kya Super Kool Hai Hum and Grand Masti – all multistarrers. At that time he had no qualms in admitting that he didn’t want to fiddle with an already running machinery (read: continued success in multistarrers).

“Things have changed though with Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya“, says an industry insider, “Of course credit must go to Genelia D’Souza as well since it’s her spunky act which is being liked as well. Still, in the end run it is a success that counts and now that Riteish has finally achieved by playing a quintessential Hindi film hero instead of only standing up as a comic actor, it’s a matter of celebration at Deshmukhs.”

No wonder, Riteish is happy that the jinx of ‘you-can’t-be-a-solo-hero’ has finally been broken and is happy to credit his makers for that.

“It is great that a producer like Kumar Taurani comes and shows a confidence by casting you as a solo lead”, smiles Riteish, “Earlier it was Nikhil Advani (for Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai) who had that faith in me. As an actor I am trying my best to play different characters and I am glad Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya has been accepted even though I am not doing comedy a la Dhamaal or Housefull franchise.”

He isn’t getting overtly greedy though and says that the film has also managed to cover its ends due to its correct budgeting. “It is better to take smaller steps and not bite more than you can chew. Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya was planned and executed correctly with the right kind of money being spent and all of us can see benefits of that”, says Riteish before signing off.

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