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Fidaa Verdict: Blockbuster

Release Date: 2017-07-21 AP/TS First Day: Rs. 3.43 Cr
AP/TS First Week: Rs. 17.04 Cr AP/TS Lifetime: Rs. 36.95 Cr
India First Week: Rs. 18.64 Cr India Lifetime: Rs. 39.65 Cr
Worldwide First Week: Rs. 23.24 Cr Worldwide Lifetime: Rs. 47.55 Cr
USA Locations: USA
USA Premiers: $ 195 K USA First Day: $ 379 K
USA First Week: $ 1,295 K USA Lifetime: $ 2,074 K

INDIA CIRCUIT COLLECTIONS

  • ALL INDIA 1st Week: Rs. 18.64 Cr | Final: Rs. 39.65 Cr
  • TELUGU STATES 1st Day: Rs. 3.43 Cr | 1st Week: Rs. 17.04 Cr | Final: Rs. 36.95 Cr
  • NIZAM 1st Day: Rs. 1.42 Cr | 1st Week: Rs. 8.08 Cr | Final: Rs. 18.05 Cr
  • CEDED 1st Day: Rs. 0.40 Cr | 1st Week: Rs. 1.95 Cr | Final: Rs. 4.36 Cr
  • UA 1st Day: Rs. 0.43 Cr | 1st Week: Rs. 2.04 Cr | Final: Rs. 4.52 Cr
  • GUNTUR 1st Day: Rs. 0.35 Cr | 1st Week: Rs. 1.27 Cr | Final: Rs. 2.54 Cr
  • EAST 1st Day: Rs. 0.32 Cr | 1st Week: Rs. 1.24 Cr | Final: Rs. 2.41 Cr
  • KRISHNA 1st Day: Rs. 0.22 Cr | 1st Week: Rs. 1.08 Cr | Final: Rs. 2.26 Cr
  • WEST 1st Day: Rs. 0.17 Cr | 1st Week: Rs. 0.90 Cr | Final: Rs. 1.79 Cr
  • NELLORE 1st Day: Rs. 0.12 Cr | 1st Week: Rs. 0.48 Cr | Final: Rs. 1.02 Cr
  • ROI 1st Week: Rs. 1.60 Cr | Final: Rs. 2.70 Cr
  • CAST & CREDITS

    • Movie HeroVarun Tej
    • Movie HeroineSai Pallavi
    Director: Sekhar Kammula

    Fidaa continues its dominance, touches $ 1.5 M in overseas

    Fidaa Overseas

    Tollywood’s latest runaway hit Fidaa, starring Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi, is continuing its dominance at the US box office with a strong run in the second week. After ending the first weekend with a solid $ 960K ( Approx), the romantic drama didn’t show signs of calming down at the box office on weekdays as it collected superb figures from Monday to Thursday.

    On its second Friday, Fidaa collected a promising $ 86K and set for a strong weekend in all territories. The latest trade reports revealed that the film notched up $ 120K( counting) on Saturday and galloped into the $ 1.5 M club. Fidaa has already emerged as the highest grossing film in Varun Tej and Sekhar Kammula’s career.

    The endearing performances by the lead pair and the beautiful narration turned out to be the selling points for Fidaa.

    Dil Raju is the film’s producer.

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    Fidaa 1st week worldwide collections

    Fidaa 1st week worldwide collections

    Fidaa had an excellent 1st week with a worldwide distributor share of 23.24 Cr. This is 3rd highest among Non Tier-1 Stars. A Aa, Eega are the other two films at No.1 & No.2 respectively which were directed by Trivikram and S.S.Rajamouli. The film was rock solid on weekdays, especially Nizam is on a strong run. It will be surpassing 1.5 Million mark this weekend in USA.

    Below is the area wise comparison of 2017 releases – Nenu Local, Fidaa, Ninnu Kori & Rarandoi Veduka Chudham :

    AreaFidaaNenu LocalNinnu KoriRarandoi Veduka Chudham
    Nizam8.087.047.125.16
    Ceeded1.952.222.11.93
    UA2.042.432.292.2
    Guntur1.271.311.141.215
    East1.21.611.441.235
    Krishna1.081.31.171.14
    West0.8351.010.910.89
    Nellore0.4850.50.490.41
    AP/TS16.94 Cr17.42 Cr16.66 Cr14.18 Cr
    ROI1.721.851.45
    Overseas4.633.351.75
    Worldwide23.24 Cr22.42 Cr21.86 Cr17.38 Cr

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    I Argued With Kammula Over Bhanumathi – Sai Pallavi

    Sai Pallavi, the beautiful Malayali girl who cast a spell in her native land with ‘Premam’, has made a relatively bigger impact on Telugu audiences with ‘Fidaa’.

    Here is the summary of Pallavi’s chit-chat with Telugu360.com

    * What is the secret of getting into the skin of Bhanumathi’s character so easily and so effectively?

    First of all, I want to thank audiences from the bottom of my heart for such a warm reception for me in the Telugu film industry. After Premam was released, people started calling me ‘Malar’. I thought I wouldn’t get such impactful character again but I feel blessed to have got Fidaa. I believed in Sekhar sir’s script and did what I could for my part.

    * Were you confident of pulling off Bhanumathi character when you heard the narration?

    I was skeptical at first as the character is very chirpy and straightforward. Sekhar sir however convinced me.

    * How did you master the Telangana accent?

    I learnt Telangana accent specially for Fidaa. For me, Telugu language is nothing but Telangana accent. I am using some of my dialogues from Fidaa even on the sets of my new films.

    * Your dialogues have received huge response in theatres

    – Yes, I have watched Fidaa in a theatre. I was pleasantly surprised by the huge response. In fact, at one point, I started believing that people were celebrating my performance but I was informed later that it was the power of Pawan Kalyan’s references.

    * Have you seen Pawan Kalyan’s films?

    – I saw Gabbar Singh, I liked it a lot.

    * Were there any uncomfortable moments in the Set?

    Not one. But, there was a scene which made me feel embarrassed. Generally, I can’t stay awake post 10 in the night. We had to film a scene after 10 and I took several takes to finish that scene.

    * Why did you turn down the offer to act in Premam remake?

    – In fact, I wasn’t offered the remake, it was just a rumor. However, I believe that acting in remakes is very tough as recreating the magic of original is impossible.

    * Working Experience with Varun Tej?

    – He is a very comfortable co-star. He excelled with his subtle acting in Fidaa.

    * About your role in MCA

    – Its the character of a middle class girl. I feel that it will be another memorable film for me just like Premam and Fidaa.

    * How was Sekhar Kammula’s working style?

    – He has his unique style. He gave me full freedom in the sets. Whenever he calls me ‘Sai Pallavi’, I used to argue with him and ask him to call me as ‘Bhanumathi’ reasoning that he first have to believe in his heroine’s character. Later, he used to call me ‘Bhanumathi’ only.

    * Will you continuously do films from now?

    – I don’t like to act in multiple films at once, I am doing one by one at the moment. My aim is to become a doctor and I will surely become one day. I will do as many as films as I can in the meanwhile.

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    Dil Raju locks Sekhar Kammula again

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    Sekhar Kammula has been one of the most sensible filmmakers in Tollywood. He has his own identity of directing feel good films. The director made a strong comeback with Fidaa in which Varuntej and Sai Pallavi are the lead actors. The movie released last Friday and is doing some stunning business all over. Popular producer Dil Raju bankrolled the project and he was pretty confident on Sekhar Kammula right from the first day.

    The latest update is that Sekhar Kammula is working on his next project and it will be bankrolled by Dil Raju again. The basic plot of the film has been locked and the cast, crew will be finalized once Sekhar gets the final draft ready. Sekhar Kammula thanked the audience for making Fidaa a massive hit. Without taking any break, he is busy with his next project and he promised that he will wrap up films in quick successions in future.

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    Fidaa Likely to Become 3rd Highest Grosser Among Mega Films

    Fidaa Overseas

    Varun Tej has a long way to go before competing with the films of his Seniors in Mega family at box office. The young hero however has a golden opportunity to register his name in the Top 3 in Mega family at the US box office, all thanks to Sekhar Kammula and ‘Fidaa’.

    By the end of Tuesday, Fidaa took its grand total at US box office to $1.15M. With such consistent run, Fidaa is most likely to collect $1.5M in its full run. If that happens, the Kammula directorial will push behind Ram Charan’s Dhruva ($1.47M) to become the third highest grosser among films starring Mega family heroes. It would be an honor for Varun to reach the Top 3 with a class film like Fidaa.

    What’s more, if the film’s dream run further extends, Fidaa may even pose a threat to the lifetime collections of Pawan Kalyan’s Attharintiki Daredi ($1.89M). Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Khaidi No.150 stands atop with close to $2.5M collections.

    Even if Fidaa becomes the Top grosser among films from Mega family, the record may not last longer as both PK-Trivikram project and Charan’s ‘Rangasthalam’ are slated for release in less than six months.

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    Fidaa 4 days AP, TS Collections

    Fidaa 4 days collections

    Fidaa has sustained very well on Monday with a distributor share of 2.14 Cr. 4 days total now stands at 11.94 Cr. In Comparison with other similar films this year , Nenu local had collected 2.20 cr and Ninnu Kori did 1.90 Cr. Taking the loss of GST into account means that Fidaa has collected more than Nenu Local also which is excellent.

    Below are the area wise 4 days Shares

    Area26 days worldwide collections17 Days Worldwide Shares2 Weeks Shares10 Days Shares4 Days Shares3 Days SharesDay 1 Shares
    Nizam 16.95 Cr14.01 Cr
    12.34 Cr10.52 Cr5.44 Cr4.34 Cr1.42 Cr
    Ceded 3.90 Cr3.20 Cr2.80 Cr2.50 Cr1.41 Cr1.19 Cr0.40 Cr
    UA 4 Cr3.41 Cr3.01 Cr2.63 Cr1.46 Cr1.20 Cr0.43 Cr
    Guntur 2.34 Cr2.07 Cr1.82 Cr1.595 Cr0.96 Cr0.81 Cr0.35 Cr
    East 2.16 Cr1.90 Cr1.70 Cr1.50 Cr0.905 Cr0.765 Cr0.315 Cr
    West 1.57 Cr1.39 Cr1.25 Cr1.12 Cr0.64 Cr0.54 Cr0.175 Cr
    Krishna 2.04 Cr1.78 Cr1.58 Cr1.375 Cr0.79 Cr0.66 Cr0.22 Cr
    Nellore 0.94 Cr
    0.79 Cr
    0.70 Cr
    0.61 Cr0.335 Cr0.295 Cr0.12 Cr
    Total AP and TS33.84 Cr28.55 Cr25.20 Cr21.85 Cr11.94 Cr9.80 Cr3.43 Cr
    ROI 2.65 Cr2.55 Cr2.40 Cr2.20 Cr
    Overseas 7.65 Cr6.65 Cr
    6.20 Cr
    5.70 Cr
    Worldwide44.20 Cr37.75 Cr33.80 Cr29.75 Cr

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    Fidaa storms into Million Dollar club

    Fidaa Overseas Collections

    For films to make huge moolah at the overseas box office, there is no need for a hit making combination. Content is always the king and Varun Tej’s latest offering Fidaa stands a clear example for it. Both Sekhar Kammula and Varun Tej are out of form, but that doesn’t stop Fidaa from setting the cash registers ringing in overseas.

    After embarking on an impressive start with $ 363 K on Friday ( including premieres), the romantic drama had a sensational Saturday with a record breaking $ 351K haul. Fidaa is the only non Baahubali movie to collect more than $ 350 K on its first Saturday in 2017. On Sunday, the film collected a solid $ 226K and ended the first weekend at a staggering $ 952K. Extending its dream run the film collected close to $ 50K on Monday and stormed into the prestigious million dollar club in style. Trade circles are predicting that the film will collect close to $ 1.6 M in its full run.

    This is the first million dollar film for both Varun Tej and Sekhar Kammula.

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    Fidaa 3 days Worldwide Collections

    Fidaa 3 days Worldwide Collections

    Fidaa had an Excellent opening weekend worldwide similar to Telugu States with a distributor share of 14 Cr. This is career highest for Varun Tej as it surpassed all his previous films full run in just 3 days. The film has grossed over $950 k already in USA and set to cross million in a day or two.

    Below is the breakup for 3 days :

    AP and TS : 9.80 Cr

    ROI : 1.07 Cr

    Overseas : 3.13 Cr

    Worldwide : 14 Cr

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    Fidaa 3 days AP, TS Collections

    Fidaa 3 days collections

    Fidaa had an excellent weekend in Telugu States as yesterday collections were more than first day. This is highest weekend ever for the hero and will be surpassing all his previous films full run today.

    Area26 days worldwide collections17 Days Worldwide Shares2 Weeks Shares10 Days Shares4 Days Shares3 Days SharesDay 1 Shares
    Nizam 16.95 Cr14.01 Cr
    12.34 Cr10.52 Cr5.44 Cr4.34 Cr1.42 Cr
    Ceded 3.90 Cr3.20 Cr2.80 Cr2.50 Cr1.41 Cr1.19 Cr0.40 Cr
    UA 4 Cr3.41 Cr3.01 Cr2.63 Cr1.46 Cr1.20 Cr0.43 Cr
    Guntur 2.34 Cr2.07 Cr1.82 Cr1.595 Cr0.96 Cr0.81 Cr0.35 Cr
    East 2.16 Cr1.90 Cr1.70 Cr1.50 Cr0.905 Cr0.765 Cr0.315 Cr
    West 1.57 Cr1.39 Cr1.25 Cr1.12 Cr0.64 Cr0.54 Cr0.175 Cr
    Krishna 2.04 Cr1.78 Cr1.58 Cr1.375 Cr0.79 Cr0.66 Cr0.22 Cr
    Nellore 0.94 Cr
    0.79 Cr
    0.70 Cr
    0.61 Cr0.335 Cr0.295 Cr0.12 Cr
    Total AP and TS33.84 Cr28.55 Cr25.20 Cr21.85 Cr11.94 Cr9.80 Cr3.43 Cr
    ROI 2.65 Cr2.55 Cr2.40 Cr2.20 Cr
    Overseas 7.65 Cr6.65 Cr
    6.20 Cr
    5.70 Cr
    Worldwide44.20 Cr37.75 Cr33.80 Cr29.75 Cr

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    Fidaa 2 days AP/TS Collections

    Fidaa 2 days Collections

    Fidaa has maintained very good collections on it’s 2nd day with a distributor share of 3.01 Cr . The drop is mere 5 percent from it’s opening day in comparison excluding hires. Weekend share of the film will be over 9.5 Cr.

    Below are the area wise 2 days Shares

    AreaCollections
    Nizam
    2.82 Cr
    Ceeded 0.78 Cr
    UA 0.81 Cr
    Guntur 0.555 Cr
    East 0.525 Cr
    West 0.333 Cr
    krishna 0.417 Cr
    Nellore 0.20 Cr
    AP/TS 6.44 Cr

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    Fidaa races past half million mark in overseas

    Sekhar Kammula’s latest romantic entertainer Fidaa, starring Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi in the lead roles, is setting the cash registers ringing since its release last Friday. The strong word of mouth and the positive reviews have impacted the collections big time and the film is all set to emerge as the biggest grosser in Varun Tej’s career.

    There is no stopping Fidaa in overseas. After taking a superb start with strong Thursday premiers, the film is doing phenomenally well in the first weekend. By the end of Saturday evening, the collections have surpassed the half million dollar mark. Trade circles are expecting a solid haul by the end of Sunday.

    The film collected $ 369K on Friday including Thursday premiers. On Saturday, Fidaa notched up close to $ 210 K ( still counting) and set for a sensational first weekend in US.

    Impressive performances by the lead pair and fine narration by Sekhar Kammula are the biggest assets for the film. Dil Raju is the producer.

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    Fidaa Day1 AP, TS Collections – Highest for Varun Tej

    Fidaa first day collections

    Varun Tej – Sekhar Kammula’s Fidaa has collected a distributor share of 3.43 Cr on it’s first day in Telugu States. The opening is good and highest for the hero as it surpassed Loafer which had collected 3.42 share.

    Below are the area wise Day1 Shares

    Area26 days worldwide collections17 Days Worldwide Shares2 Weeks Shares10 Days Shares4 Days Shares3 Days SharesDay 1 Shares
    Nizam 16.95 Cr14.01 Cr
    12.34 Cr10.52 Cr5.44 Cr4.34 Cr1.42 Cr
    Ceded 3.90 Cr3.20 Cr2.80 Cr2.50 Cr1.41 Cr1.19 Cr0.40 Cr
    UA 4 Cr3.41 Cr3.01 Cr2.63 Cr1.46 Cr1.20 Cr0.43 Cr
    Guntur 2.34 Cr2.07 Cr1.82 Cr1.595 Cr0.96 Cr0.81 Cr0.35 Cr
    East 2.16 Cr1.90 Cr1.70 Cr1.50 Cr0.905 Cr0.765 Cr0.315 Cr
    West 1.57 Cr1.39 Cr1.25 Cr1.12 Cr0.64 Cr0.54 Cr0.175 Cr
    Krishna 2.04 Cr1.78 Cr1.58 Cr1.375 Cr0.79 Cr0.66 Cr0.22 Cr
    Nellore 0.94 Cr
    0.79 Cr
    0.70 Cr
    0.61 Cr0.335 Cr0.295 Cr0.12 Cr
    Total AP and TS33.84 Cr28.55 Cr25.20 Cr21.85 Cr11.94 Cr9.80 Cr3.43 Cr
    ROI 2.65 Cr2.55 Cr2.40 Cr2.20 Cr
    Overseas 7.65 Cr6.65 Cr
    6.20 Cr
    5.70 Cr
    Worldwide44.20 Cr37.75 Cr33.80 Cr29.75 Cr

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    ” Fidaa ” detailed Analysis

    Shekhar Kammula has always been a different and responsible film-maker committed to showcasing Telugu nativities as well as presenting human values in ways that everybody understands. His films were evocative, neat and arty but were non-conformist by Tollywood conventions. And then he became impervious to the usual wave of adulation and apathy that greets many a director who alternates between feast and fast in Tollywood. Until “Fidaa” happened. The movie is an outright winner and one of the best-made love stories that will linger on for a long long time after you step out. This film should have been ideally Dil Raju’s silver jubilee film instead of DJ. But for Shekhar Kammula, this is a proud comeback film that will resurrect his career after “Anamika”. Two things will happen after “Fidaa”, all those top stars and producers who heard Shekhar’s stories before saying NO will pay heed when he narrates his script next time.

    What is special about “Fidaa”? The story is not unique. It is a simple love story of an NRI doctor (Varun Tej) from USA who meets a BSc (Agri) girl (Sai Pallavi) from Bansuwada (Telangana) with a known twist as in “Hum Aapke Hai Kaun” (siblings of an arranged marriage couple). But in 145 minutes, Shekhar Kammula weaves a cheery romance that fills the air around you and surcharges the screen with the roller-coaster ride of love emotions the lead characters go through . As the tag-line in the title says, “ A love hate love story”. With a not-so-hurried interval bang and a sure-footed feel-good ending, Shekhar Kammula shows he is still in command of the craft – in giving meaningful dialogues, script and an honest way of story-telling with the subtextual messages about society and living never missing their mark no matter which character in the film gives out. The message could come from a well-known comedian like Satyam Rajesh (hero’s friend) or Raja Chembolu (hero’s brother) or Saichand (heroine’s father) or the boy brother of the hero (who asks not-so-innocently “Are they making out?”) or a farmer who is about to lose his agricultural land to a real estate shark. It is these subtle points in measured doses that make Shekhar stand out as a responsible director who doesn’t cut corners in silly mockery, item songs or pointless stunts. That class and subtlety comes out convincingly in the plot despite some obvious misses – like how the romance is hidden from plainsight from other family members until the hero reveals it to his sister-in-law.

    Right from the start, Shekhar maintains the grip on telling a realistic story between a rustic girl and an urbane boy in conceivable situations. Shekhar makes it a riveting watch by capturing the ibby-jibbies of two lovers who were meant to unite some day but only after going through the mandatory overs of love-hate-love. Misunderstanding is the currency that keeps the love in circulation and that is what the director milks with magical effect – the motions you go through those moments of intensity not only get your targeted rate of heart-beat high but also bump you down at times until the mind yearns for realization of what has to necessarily play out. Very few directors like K Viswanath (Swarna Kamalam), Karunakaran (Tholi Prema), Mani Ratnam (Gitanjali) and Gautam Menon (Ye Maaya Chesaave) maintained the balance between telling a good love story without too much noise. In that sense, Shekhar deserves applause for striking a chord there with consummate ease.

    To a large extent, the collaboration with a commercially-successful producer like Dil Raju has given “Fidaa” a makeover that few can afford. You can see the production values of this film with the half a dozen films that Shekhar directed before and the uplift in standards shows. Cinematography by Vijay Kumar is captivating as it shows the sylvan landscape of the most fertile Telangana areas in splendor while capturing the essential love story down to its pivoting moments of eye-ball movement between Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi. Marthand K Venkatesh has been editing Shekhar’s films for a long time but this film will make his work stand out – except for one lazy scene in pre-interval in San Francisco, Marthand has retained the mind of the director in what he wants to tell and omit in the pulsating romance that gives you enough thrills. Music by Shaktikanth Karthik is a welcome addition to “Fidaa” and definitely enhances the beauty of the film by giving us some memorable tracks. Shaktikanth’s music seems to have a good rhythm, instrumentation and range that can catapult him to a position of pre-eminence. The first song doesn’t come until 55 minutes of runtime but after “Vacchinde” song comes, there is no getting away from the charms of the music director. Good to see the director acknowledge the legend Saluri Rajeshwar Rao for the song “He Pillagaada” (easily the best soundtrack of the film) where he uses the timeless melodious instrumentation of the classic “Malleeswari” to embellish the song. The title credits also show another composer Jeevesh Babu who scores the background music; he does a good job of syncing the OST with the threads of the soulfulness in the music of Shaktikanth. It must be a bold choice for the makers especially Dil Raju to side-step the likes of Mani Sharma and Mickey J Meyer to score BGM for the film.

    Performance-wise, Sai Pallavi is a bewitching half-beauty who carries the film on her shoulders. She has been a bold choice considering that she holds no airs of a starlet nor has oomph or a face that can stir a thousand hearts, yet she exudes an expression of uninhibitive charm and pastoral attitude that is enchanting to watch. Her performance should shame many pretty lasses in Tollywood who know nothing about nuanced acting but are minting monies by virtue of castor-oil-requiring makeup and sleazy skin show. Sai Pallavi’s Telangana accent will be the talk of the town and more film-makers will now be truly emboldened to segue films with heroines waxing eloquent in Telangana dialect. It goes to Shekhar and Dil Raju’s credit that they retained Sai Pallavi and backed her to the hilt – any other replacement wouldn’t have had unleashed such countryside contagion. Varun Tej also shines in the film that will go down as his first big hit. He might have got overshadowed by Sai Pallavi at many points because the girl played the role for broke while Varun still had to wear a chip of glamor but he is proving to be a classier Tej in the clan of heroes all trying to up the ante in masala fare. His diction has changed from “Mister” and this film shows good work-in-progress for his articulation. The chemistry between Varun and Sai Pallavi is palpable and one shudders to think whether this is the same script that Mahesh Babu turned down when Shekhar narrated the story. All other lead characters like Sharanya Pradeep, Raja Chembolu and Satyam Rajesh fitted their roles well. But the character that stands out is yesteryears’ actor Saichand who plays father with utmost dignity and class. His role reminds you of the promise that he showed many years back when Saichand acted in the award-winning art film “Maa Bhoomi”. There is an air of serenity and supreme calm whenever Saichand speaks on screen.

    On the whole, the film is worth a decent watch by family and friends. If one connects to the film’s love track, perhaps repeat viewing may also ensue making the film a huge hit. Whatever that be, Shekhar Kammula and his team of Assistant Directors and a long list of co-directors including Anish Kuruvilla deserve ovation for creating one of the most mesmerizing love stories of our times. Hope more commercial stars and producers relook at banking on this talented director who never takes short-cuts to taste success.

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    Dil Raju hits purple patch in 2017

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    Midas touch producer Dil Raju is in a happy space at present. His latest release Fidaa, starring Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi, is running with packed houses in all areas. The film got unanimous thumbs up from critics and audience alike. Surely, the film will attain super hit status by the end of the first weekend and will emerge as the biggest hit in Varun Tej’s career.

    Fidaa is the fourth release of 2017 for Dil Raju’s Sri Venkateswara Creations. Earlier this year, Shatamanam Bhavati, which released for Sankranthi amidst tough competition, generated solid revenues and emerged as one of the notable hits in the first half of 2017. Dil Raju followed it up with a commercial entertainer Nenu Local, starring Nani in the lead, which had a strong run at the box office ensuring profits for all parties involved.

    Dil Raju’s third release of the year, Duvvada Jagannadham which released in June managed only a lukewarm response at the box office. But, the strong pre release business helped him bag good profits.

    Now, Fidaa’s sensational openings and the glowing word of mouth hint that Dil Raju is on track for one more hit this year. Needless to say, the star producer having a dream year with back to back money spinning movies.

    He will have two more releases this year in the form of Ravi Teja’s Raja The Great which is slated to hit the screens in October and Nani’s MCA which will release in November.

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    ‘Fidaa’ Review : A fun filled feel-good movie !

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    Telugu360 Rating 3.5/5

    Sekhar Kammula who once happened to enjoy a star director status in overseas market, specifically in youth segment, seemed to have lost his Midas touch in the recent past. In an attempt to regain his former glory, the director came up with a youthful entertainer ‘Fidaa’ in association with Dil Raju who is also known for family pleasant movies. Let’s find out if this film work in favor of the actors and makers?

    Story:
    Fidaa is a feel-good family story of two couples. Bhanumati (Sai Pallavi) and her sister Renuka live in a village near Banswada in Telangana. Raju (Raja Chembolu) who is an NRI, in match making process, visits Renuka’s house along with his younger brother Varun (Varun Tej). Raju likes Renuka and as they prepare for marriage, love blossoms between Bhanumati and Varun.

    While Raju and Renuka are happily married, there is a conflict between the lead couple. Raju, Renuka and Varun leave for USA. Rest of the story is about how the conflict between Varun and Bhanumati develops and subsequently leading to the climax.

    Analysis:
    Set in the background of a middle-class family, Fidaa is a testimony of Sekhar Kammula’s sensibilities. The rural backdrop, the bonding of two sisters, their lively conversations and the soul of rural Telangana makes you fall in love with the film for its entire first half. In the role of rebellious village belle Bhanumati which is an author backed role, Sai Pallavi nailed it with her stellar performance and dubbing. Dialogues showcasing the attitude of Bhanumati are enjoyable not only by the youth but also by family audience. The prompt punch liners by her are smartly written. The marriage of Raju and Renuka happens during a heavy downpour in the village. It is very realistic with a nice execution.

    However, the misunderstanding between Varun and Bhanumati towards interval fails to sound convincing. Bhanumati, being bold and new age girl, suspecting Varun for an insignificant reason is impractical. Superhit song “Vachinde…Melliga Vachinde” is fantastic on screen. Again, Sai Pallavi who is also an amazing dancer, made this song hit. Other two songs in first half “Hey Mister”, “Ey Pillagaada” are decent enough. Overall, first half is very good for all sections of audience despite slow narration at times.

    Second half begins with all the characters except Bhanumati returning to the USA. Conflicts escalate between Varun and Bhanumati. The love proposal scene and Bhanumati’s response are hilarious. Towards middle of the second half, movie considerably slows down with the story going nowhere. The love – hate – love thread between Varun and Bhanumati becomes redundant. However, the conflict, the realization and the reunion points are not narrated in a convincingly manner. The movie would have been a blockbuster, had Sekhar excelled in these aspects. Bhanumati characterization seemed to be diluted, especially in the second half, as her love-hate confusion is not heart touching. Melodious superhit “oosupodhu…” song comes as Montage song. Fast beat number “Edo Jarugutondi..” is also good. There is nothing new that the story has to offer, except for the different backdrops (Rural Telangana and USA) which brings about some freshness.

    Performances:
    Varun Tej as Varun has evolved significantly as an actor. He needs to keep a check on his weight. Sai Pallavi is the show stealer and brings life into Bhanumati’s character. Her own dubbing in Telangana accent is praiseworthy. However, in her close-up shots, pimples all over her cheeks is bit annoying to watch. Raja Chembolu who is Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry’s son, played nicely as Varun’s brother. Sharanya Pradeep as Sai Pallavi’s sister did well and is a good choice for the role. Sai Chand as the father of the girls is a perfect fit.

    Technicians:
    Sekhar Kammula still remains relevant with youth. He observed the present generation girls as good as he did in Anand, 13 years ago. Fidaa may not be his best work, but definitely has its moments of sensibilities, feelings and emotions. Shakthikanth Karthick’s music has soul and all songs are pretty much good. Background score is decent. Dil Raju spent lavishly wherever required to deliver the look of a quality film. Presently when YouTube type short film quality is flourishing in the industry, it is good to see that the makers spent well to give a true cinematic appeal. Editor and cinematographer did their job well to make this flick a decent watch.

    Verdict:
    Fidaa is a feel-good film with loads of humor, love, emotions and nice songs. While the first half is very good, second half is just passable with few dull moments. This film may not be Sekhar Kammula’s best work, but definitely worth watching with the family. Heroine Sai Pallavi is the show stealer with her commendable performance. This film has all ingredients to become HIT in ‘A’ centers and in overseas market.

    Telugu360 Rating 3.5/5

    Release Date : 21st July, 2017
    Director : Sekhar Kammula
    Music Director : Shakti Kanth
    Produced by : Dil Raju
    Cinematography : Vijay C. Kumar
    Starring : Varun Tej, Sai Pallavi

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    Fidaa opens to positive reports in overseas

    Varun Tej starrer Fidaa, which is releasing all over today, garnered unanimous positive reports from the overseas premier shows. Early reports suggest that the film is nicely blend with Sekhar Kammula’s trademark elements that will strike a chord with family audience. Also, Sai Pallavi’s mesmerising screen presence is drawing good applause from audience.

    According to the latest trade reports, the film has collected close to $ 150K from Thursday premiers. This is an excellent start considering both Varun Tej and Sekhar Kammula are out of form. Analysts are predicting that the film might collect more than $ 1 Million mark in its full run. We have to wait and see how the film fares after the good start.

    Produced by Dil Raju, Fidaa has its music score done by Shakthikanth Karthik.

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    Fidaa USA Premiers Confirmed Today

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    A clean “U” certificate Sekhar Kammula, Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi’s family entertainer Fidaa digital content and keys delivered to all the locations in USA and premiere shows are confirmed for today July 20th, Thu starting 6 pm local timings as per published schedules.

    Online ticketing already opened and bookings going on in full swing. Luxury seating locations tickets already getting sold out, so please reserve your tickets online to avoid any last-minute disappointments. We are releasing Fidaa in about 140 locations in North America and almost all locations have premiere shows with multiple shows in big and luxury seating locations.

    Already two private shows screened in Hyderabad yesterday and getting very good positive response from the viewers.

    Fidaa is a clean family entertainer with good mix of entertainment, emotions and family drama that entertains all sections of audience.

    Enjoy this movie with your entire family irrespective of the age with reasonable ticket prices! It’s a cool breeze for this hot summer!!

    Stay away from piracy and enjoy the movie on silver screens.

    Press note issued by BlueSky Cinemas, Inc.

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    Huge fan of Kammula’s natural style of filmmaking: Varun Tej

    Actor Varun Tej, who has teamed up with Sekhar Kammula in the forthcoming Telugu release “Fidaa”, says he is a fan of the filmmakers natural approach to filmmaking and realism he brings to his craft.

    In the film, slated for release on Friday, Varun plays an NRI doctor.

    On teaming up with Kammula for the first time, Varun told IANS: “What makes Sekhar sir distinct from the filmmakers I have worked with so far is his natural approach to filmmaking.”

    “I’m a huge fan of his style. He doesn’t like to go overboard for the sake of satisfying a section of the audiences. He brings lot of realism to his work.”

    Varun said the film questions the society’s archaic notion about marriage.

    “The way Sekhar sir has treated the film’s climax, which breaks the tradition of how marriage is viewed in our society, made me fall in love with the film. I could call it my ‘fidaa’ moment of the film. I was moved by the climax and I’m sure audiences will love it too,” he said.

    “Fidaa” marks the Telugu debut of Malayalam actress Sai Pallavi, and Varun is all praise for the newbie.

    “Pallavi is a devoted actress and her commitment shocked me. We shared a very healthy competition, which made working with her even more exciting. Audiences will see our competitiveness reflect on screen and it’ll work in the film’s favour,” he added.

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    Sekhar Kammula triple confident on Fidaa

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    Versatile filmmaker Sekhar Kammula made a huge impact across the multiplexes and the family audience with his films Anand, Godavari and Happy Days. However he took a long break and wanted to bounce back with a blockbuster after some of his recent outings failed to make much impact at the box-office. After three complete years, he is testing his luck with Fidaa starring Varuntej and Sai Pallavi in the lead roles. Though the film did not have much buzz before, the recently released songs and the trailer caught everyone’s attention. The movie completed all the formalities and is gearing up for release this Friday.

    He said “I watched the film thrice and I am very confident that everyone will watch the film twice for sure. I wanted to make a film based in USA as I stayed there and it finally happened with Fidaa. Just to breakup from Konaseema backdrop, I preferred Telangana after I visited a village Bansuvada in Nizamabad. The film got delayed as Varuntej got injured however the film is releasing at the right time and will sure impress the audience bigtime. I did not narrate the story to anyone before but I met Mahesh and wanted to work with him. I never narrate the script to anyone before Varuntej. Both Varuntej and Sai Pallavi did a fabulous job and thanks to Dil Raju for the grand production values”.

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    Fidaa Trailer clocks Million Views in no time

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    Super talented director Sekhar Kammula is making his comeback to mainstream cinema after a gap of three long years. His next movie has been titled Fidaa and it features Varuntej, Sai Pallavi in the lead roles. This romantic drama is all set for release this Friday and the makers unveiled the theatrical trailer which has been filled with romantic moments throughout. Fidaa trailer impressed the audience bigtime and it clocked 1 million views in no time.

    Fidaa theatrical trailer has been a massive hit and brought huge buzz on the film. Fidaa is said to be a romantic saga that happens between an NRI guy and a Telangana girl. Popular producer Dil Raju bankrolled the movie and there are talks that he chopped off some of the episodes. Fidaa has been certified with clean U. Shakthi Kanth’s music is a massive winner and is on the top of the music charts. Fidaa is all set for release on July 21st all over.

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