Riteish Deshmukh's ‘Laal Bhaari’ becomes highest grossing Marathi film

Ritiesh Deshmukh had established himself as one of the best comic actors of Bollywood but in recent times, he has compelled everyone to take him more seriously. This year he appeared in two commercially successful films. While ‘Humshakals’ was panned by critics the blame went to the director and Ritiesh’s performance was noted as one of the positives.

His other film ‘Ek Villain’ managed to earn 100 crore at the box office and Ritiesh’s performance was acclaimed by both audience and critics. In addition to Bollywood, Ritiesh has been doing good work for Marathi films as well. He helped produce two successful films in Marathi, ‘Balak Palak’ and ‘Yellow’. ‘Yellow’ was awarded the Special Jury Award at the 61st National Film Awards.

Now as an actor too, Ritiesh has made his mark in Marathi cinema, by playing the lead in ‘Laal Bhaari’ which has become the highest grossing Marathi Film. Yesterday, Ritiesh Tweeted and thanked the audience. He wrote, “33cr n counting- Thank you all for making LAI BHAARI the highest grossing Marathi film. #MorePowerToMarathiCinema.”

The film is a total entertainer with action and explosive dialogues. It featured special appearances from Ritiesh’s actor wife Genelia D’souza and Bollywood superstar Salman Khan which also helped raise attraction about the film.  ‘Laal Bhaari’ has been directed by Nishikant Kamat. It also stars, Tanvi Azmi, Radhika Apte, Sharad Kelkar and Aditi Pohankar.

Filmmaker Ravi Jadhav whose  film ‘Timepass’ held the record for highest grossing Marathi film few days ago said, "I am really happy that 'Lai Bhaari' is doing so well. After 'Duniyadari' I am sure that it will break the record of 'Timepass' as well and become the highest grossing Marathi films till date. I look at it positively. I will have bigger targets set for 'Timepass 2'."

However when asked about the success of the film, Ritiesh said that it was not just his credit but a collective effort. He said, ''I sincerely believe that films are not about individual glory, they are about collective victory…point is that when everyone gives his best individually, it only helps the film as a whole. Also, a lot of credit needs to go to the viewers who are selecting what they want to see and then are giving whole hearted support to it if they like what they see.''  When asked about the huge expectations that are building on his future projects, Ritiesh said, ''Well, expectations have always been there. It is about carrying certain judgment of what you want to do and what not. I have taken a conscious call in picking up my genres and films. That would stay on.''