INDIA CIRCUIT COLLECTIONS
CAST & CREDITS
- Movie HeroPawan Kalyan
- Movie HeroineShruti Haasan
|Director:||Kishore Kumar Pardasani|
Film industry is full of double standards. Ironically, this statement is given by film folks. Hope the guy who gave this statement is not maintaining double standards. Jokes apart, we can clearly see the double standards followed by the film folks when they are working in the movies produced by others vs when they make movie by themselves.
Lets take example of very recent movie Jai Lava Kusa. Nowadays, when producers are investing close to 100 Cr on films of star heroes, Kalyan Ram, as producer, managed to make an NTR-starrer in half the budget. The film did nearly 100 Cr Pre-release business so he might have earned around 50 Cr pure profit. After all costs excluded, sources say, Kalyan Ram made table profit of around 36 crores. But what audience felt when they watched the movie is, instead of maximizing the profits, he could have spent some money at least to shoot songs lavishly and for some crucial scenes, especially the interval bang so that quality of the movie would have been enhanced. Especially interval episode was the most crucial scene of the film and it could have become an iconic bang in tollywood history if it was given due importance. Instead, even that scene was shot at a cheap set with cheap quality. Critics say that if Jai Lava Kusa were to be bankrolled by an outside producer, he would have been made to splurge money on songs and lavish sets. As it was a home production, they saved every penny and made a fortune out of it. Though both the heroines justified their roles, it is to be noted that they too (rashi khanna, nivetha )are not top league heroines. One can easily understand they were taken considering financial aspects.
Kalyan Ram is not the first one to do so. Previously Allu Aravind used to make movies with Chiranjeevi in the medium budget. While his movies like Daddy, Andarivaadu made on medium budget, same Chiranjeevi used to make high budget movies with producers like Ashwini dutt and Devi vara Prasad. Same goes with Pawan Kalyan’s movie Katamarayudu that was produced by his friend Sharat Marar.
On the other hand, recent movie Spyder also incurring losses now. Of course, content is the main reason for a movie to become hit or flop. No graphics or lavishness can save the film if it has no content. But, had this movie been made with lesser budget, it would have been at least saved. When the producer is outsider, movies tend to have more spending.
This kind of double standards doesn’t apply only to heroes. When director Shankar became producer and made his first film Mudalavan ( oke okkadu in Telugu) , everyone got surprised. Even though making standards we’re adequate for the film considering the story, they’re not on par with Shankar previous films made by other producers. Shankar revealed how he saved money at that time. For example, they bought some pots to use in a song ( andala rakshasive). Immediately after the song was shot, they broke the pots and added water to make it mud. Next day they shot that famous fight in the mud. After fight was over mud was allowed to dry and a scene was shot. After all these are over, as Shankar “proudly” revealed, they sold the sand almost at same price for which they bought pots. One can not but appreciate Shankar’s business management skills. But same skills are expected to put in use when he is making films for other producers too. Then Mudalavan was remade in Hindi as Nayak with Anil Kapoor. But producer is AM Ratnam this time. And, the difference in making standards was very apparent. When Nayak released, leading English daily ( times of India) remarked in it’s review about this double standards saying, ” In Tamil, where Shankar was producer, in a song, one flower designed graphically suddenly pops up from water. But in Hindi, where Shankar is not producer, many such graphical flowers pop all over the screen”.
Moreover, this bias on own production is evident not only in film making but also in promotions too. Mahesh Babu attacked a shop keeper for selling pirated CDs during Arjun movie that was produced by his brother Ramesh Babu. Even NTR’s comments on reviews also came during Jai Lava Kusa that was also, incidentally, produced by his brother Kalyan Ram. Some believe NTR might not have made these comments if it was produced by other producers.
The purpose of this article is not to demand high budget films but to bring forth these observations regarding double standards followed by some film folks. Also to advice these folks to produce the best quality out of the”allotted” budget instead of maximizing their own profits!!!
It is turning out to be a embarrassing season for Mega fans as their heroes delivered a hat-trick of disasters in the last couple of months.
2017 started off in style for Mega family as Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Khaidi No 150 emerged as the biggest Sankranthi grosser ever. But, since then it has been a disastrous year for Mega heroes.
Sai Dharam Tej’s Winner, which released in February, bombed at the box office and ended as the biggest disaster in Sai’s career. The film failed to recover investments in all territories.
Pawan Kalyan’s Katamarayudu which released last month with heavy expectations, too, ended as a loss venture in many areas. Despite raking strong revenues in the first week, the film was termed as a disaster by distributors as it failed to break even in major areas.
Continuing the Mega flop saga, Varun Tej’s latest offering Mister is also heading towards becoming a disaster. The film’s collections are very miserable in both the Telugu states and it is likely to end as one of the biggest flops of all time.
All in all, barring Khaidi No 150, the rest of Mega films disappointed the trade circles big-time so far in 2017. Allu Arjun’s Duvvada Jagannadham and Ram Charan’s next film are scheduled for release in the second half of this year. We have to wait and see if these two films can bring some cheer to both fans and trade circles.
Katamarayudu has collected a share of 70 thousand on it’s 20th day and total share of 20 days is 6,21,64,884 . The film is a flop as it was bought for 8.1 Cr.
Guru has collected has a share of 4,96,856 on it’s 13th day and total share for 13 days is 2,12,99,959. The film is a Hit
Cheliya has collected a share of 1,04,633 on it’s 6th day and total share for 6 days is 22,24,788 . The film is a disaster.
Rogue movie closed at a share of 25,71,944 . The film is a disaster as it was bought for 0.81 Cr.
Katamarayudu box office, Katamarayudu collections
Pawankalyan’s Katamarayudu has collected a distributor share of 44.60 Cr in it’s 1st week in Telugu States. This is highest week one for any pawankalyan starrer besting 36.90 Cr of Sardaar gabbar singh and All Time 4th highest for any film. After having a good weekend the collections have come on Monday, Tuesday and then picked up on Wednesday owing to the ugadi festival. The film has held better yesterday compared to the 1st 2 weekdays. Entire week collections can be termed as decent. Overall distributor recovery is 70% so far as the rights are valued for 64 Cr including expenses. As exams season is over and the holiday season has begun, the film may hold steady from today but that isn’t alone enough for the prices it has been sold.
Below are the area wise 1st week shares
|Area||Distributor||Rights (+Expenses)||Full Run Share||Profit / Loss|
|NIZAM||Abhishek||13.40 CR||10.70 CR||2.70 Cr Loss|
|CEDED||Shanta Films||8.00 CR||6.70 CR||1.30 Cr Loss|
|UTTHARANDHRA||V.B.M. Reddy||4.50 CR||3.40 CR||1.10 Cr Loss|
|GUNTUR||S.V. Cinemas||3.80 CR||3.20 CR||0.60 Cr Loss|
|EAST||Isha Entertainments||2.90 CR||3.12 CR||0.22 Cr Profit|
|WEST||Usha Pictures||2.5 CR Adv||2.50 CR||No P/L|
|KRISHNA||Alankar Prasad||3.24 CR Adv||2.38 CR||No P/L|
|NELLORE||Sudheer||1.5 CR||1.52 CR||Break Even|
|KARNATAKA||Amrutha Associates||5.0 CR||5.20 CR||0.20 Cr Profit|
|REST OF INDIA||SPI & Reliance||OWN||1.25 CR||No P/L|
|OVERSEAS||Cine Galaxy||5.50 CR||9.25 CR||3.75 Cr Profit|
Powerstar Pawan Kalyan is due for a big hit. His last film Sardar, which released in Summer 2016, made no show at the box office and disappointed his fans. He is now looking to make amends with Katamarayudu which is all set for a strong opening this Friday.
Katamarayudu is the first big ticket film of this Summer and the massive release is going to put an end to the dullness at the box office which has been prevailing since the last three weeks as none of the small and medium budget films managed to make moolah. Now, all eyes are on Katamarayudu. The film has made a staggering pre release business and Pawan Kalyan become the first actor to have back to back films with 100 Crores pre release business.
The question that has been making rounds in trade circles is whether Katamarayudu can make it to the top 3 highest grossing films in Tollywood. Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Khaidi No 150 which released amidst stiff competition smashed many trade records and emerged as the second highest grossing film in history and placed behind Baahubali. The film has collected close to 105 Crores share in its full run. It is followed by Srimanthudu and Janatha Garage.
Pawan Kalyan’s Attarinitiki Daredhi remained as the biggest hit in the Tollywood history untill films like Baahubali, Srimanthudu and Janatha Garage surpassed it. Now, Pawan Kalyan has a good chance of making it to the top 3 as Katamarayudu is coming with high expectations and has no competition from other biggies. The hiked ticket prices will surely benefit the cause to some extent. Also, the massive release in other territories like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and the huge buzz in overseas circles is going to be a huge advantage for the film to make the most during the Summer holidays.
So, we have and wait and see if Katamarayudu can rake in solid revenues and emerge as the one of the top 3 highest grossing films in Telugu.
lage Lage song
Keeping with the latest trend of releasing songs directly into the market as a part of the promotional strategy, the makers of Pawan Kalyan’s Katamarayudu are going to unveil the second single of the film tomorrow. The first song, Mira Mira Mesam, gained good traction in social media and it has already started topping the charts for its foot tapping tune.
The second song, Lage Lage will be out tomorrow evening at 4’o Clock. While the first single is an intense characterization song of Pawan Kalyan, the second one will be a melody song between the lead pair. Anup Rubens, who is a well known for rendering soulful tunes to melodies in his previous albums, is set to create ripples with Lage Lage song.
The film’s shoot is in the last leg of completion and the makers are planning to release the film in the last week of this month. Dolly is the director and Shruthi Haasan is the heroine.