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Not what the script said: Poor scripts lead to string of Tollywood failures after ‘Pushpa’, ‘RRR’


Big stars, eminent directors and big budgets can’t guarantee success of a film and this has been proved by a string of failures in Tollywood after the smashing success of ‘Pushpa’.

Big stars, eminent directors and big budgets can’t guarantee success of a film and this has been proved by a string of failures in Tollywood after the smashing success of ‘Pushpa’.

The last four months saw several eagerly awaited movies hitting the screen but barring S.S. Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ starring Junior NTR and Ram Charan, others either bombed at the box-office or registered average success.

Chiranjeevi, arguably the biggest name in Tollywood, could not guarantee a great opening for ‘Acharya’.

Starring megastar Chiranjeevi in the lead and his son Ram Charan in an extended cameo, the movie directed by Koratala Siva was released on April 29 to a lukewarm response at the box office. Negative reviews saw a huge drop in the movie’s collection in the first four days.

It disappointed even in Telugu states. In Andhra Pradesh it opened to increased ticket prices for the first week as per the policy of the state government for big-budget movies. However, so poor is the performance of ‘Acharya’ that trade analysts believe its business may end within this week.

Despite the hype around the movie due to the presence of the father-son duo and a large number of their fans thronging theatres in the first week-end, it failed to live up to the expectations.

Those who track Tollywood say that Acharya could end up as one of the biggest disasters of 2022.

A cliched story and dated narrative without effective emotions resulted in the huge disappointment for Chiranjeevi’s fans who had high expectations with this maiden collaboration between megastar and successful director Koratala Siva.

This was the second famous father-son duo to flop at the box-office. Earlier, this year ‘Bangarraju’ starring Nagarjuna and his son Naga Chaitanya came as a disappointment. While their fans were excited to see them together on the screen, this could not save the movie based on a done and dusted script of a supernatural drama. Kalyan Krishna made this as a sequel to ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ (2016) which starred Nagarjuna in a dual role and was commercially successful.

Another big disaster this year is ‘Radhe Shyam’ starring Baahubali fame Prabhas in the lead. The multi-lingual period romantic drama failed to live up to the high expectations.

Starring Prabhas in the role of a world-famous palmist, ‘Radhe Shyam’ in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil had hit the screens on March 11. Despite stunning visuals, grand outdoors, visual effects, romance and good music, the movie bombed due to cliched story.

‘Bheemla Nayak’ starring Pawan Kalyan and ‘Baahubali’ fame Daggubati Rana was another much-anticipated movie to hit the screens in February.

It was a Telugu remake of ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ (2020), a Malayalam language action thriller. Unlike ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, which was about clash of egos between two men, it was Pawan Kalyan who dominated ‘Bheemla Nayak’. Rana’s role was played down to allow power star, as the brother of Chiranjeevi is popularly known in film circles, take the centre stage.

Romantic comedy ‘DJ Tillu’ starring young actor Siddhu Jonnalagadda and Neha Shetty in the lead also did average business.

Leading actor Ravi Teja starrer ‘Khiladi’ turned out to be a flop. Released theatrically along with a Hindi dubbed version on February 11 this movie, written and directed by Ramesh Varma.

Industry analysts say poor script is the main reason for many Telugu films bombing at the box office after the grand success of ‘Pushpa’. “The strength of the script makes a film successful. If somebody comes with a loose script and uninteresting script, automatically the film flops. No matter how big a star is and how good a director is, it all depends on the strength of the script. Nobody can save a film if the script is poor,” says film analyst Prabhu.

He believes that a film can succeed only if the script makes the audience sit in theatres without losing their attention.

The film critic, however, adds that a subject a filmmaker chooses is not the entire story. “Whatever line you take, it needs to have some interesting scenes. 10-15 interesting scenes elevate a movie. Lack of strength in the scenes is the main cause of failure. There are no other reasons because the filmmaking standards are very high, wonderful and far ahead,” he opined.

The expert says one can’t blame artists for a film’s failure as all stars are proven artists. It all depends on the script and character an artist gets.

“We can’t blame artists. Actor is like water which takes the shape of a vessel. It all depends on the capability of the director, how best he moulds the character and how best he creates interest in the character,” he said.

According to Prabhu, even ‘Pushpa’ did not have a great script but the way Allu Arjun inculcated the strength, the density of character, a rough and tough wild character and his mannerism helped. “This film has highlighted the smuggler’s character and glorified it. This shows the film does well even if the bad character is portrayed in an intensive and interesting manner,” he added.

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Going Viral: Virat Kohli shakes his leg for Pushpa song


Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava is a special item number from Pushpa: The Rise which was an instant chartbuster. Samantha will be seen shaking her leg with Allu Arjun in this song. Indian star cricketer Virat Kohli danced to the song in the post-wedding celebrations of Glenn Maxwell last night. The other cricketers who were present joined Virat to groove for the number. Glenn Maxwell got married to Vini Raman on March 18th and he hosted a lavish reception last night. Dressed in a black kurta, Virat was in a perfect party mood and enjoyed the evening.

The video of Virat Kohli grooving for Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava is now going viral across social media circles. Virat was in perfect sync with the song. Several star cricketers attended the reception. Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered two back-to-back debacles in IPL 2022 and Virat Kohli has been struggling for form. Maxwell’s wedding reception came as a major relief for the RCB players.

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3 months and 3 South films: Will Bollywood rechristen itself?

In the last three to four months of time, three south movies outperformed Bollywood movies and it is learnt that there’s a paradigm shift in the approach of Bollywood makers on film making. However the Big question is whether Bollywood will be able to rechristen itself and reclaim the throne i.e. top Industry of the country. Details as follows.

Three movies that have outperformed Bollywood movies in recent times are – Pushpa, RRR and KGF2. When Pushpa was released there wasn’t much buzz though. However the movie surpassed another Bollywood Big movie 83. Later when RRR released, Bollywood hero John Abraham commented that “We are not number 2 to any other industry “ and released his “Attack” movie while RRR was in theatres. Attack movie was a disaster at the box office. Now during KGF2 , Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey movie got postponed to release at a later point of time. Before just a couple of years, Telugu and Kannada movies forcing Bollywood movies change their release date couldn’t be conceived even in the dreams.

Now Bollywood makers seem to be in the thinking mode and plan movies on pan India scale. Most of the big wigs of Bollywood are asking the writers to again focus on heroic subjects rather than multiplex subjects. We need to wait and see whether Bollywood will be able to rechristen itself and if so how fast can that happen..

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Close on the heels of ‘Pushpa’, ‘RRR’ reaffirms Tollywood’s pan-India appeal


The resounding theatrical success of ‘RRR’, from the two Telugu-speaking states to the United Kingdom, where it roared past Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Ambulance’ and Tom Holland’s ‘Uncharted’, has established Tollywood as India’s new cinema powerhouse.

With its worldwide earnings touching Rs 652 crore on its sixth day, far surpassing even the collections of ‘The Kashmir Files’, ‘RRR’ has proved that S.S. Rajamouli’s competition is himself — after edging out his own ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ from the No. 2 all-time blockbuster spot, he has only ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ to dislodge to establish ‘RRR’ as Indian cinema’s highest-ever grosser.

Coming close on the heels of the success of the Allu Arjun-starrer ‘Pushpa: The Rise’, which was 2021’s highest-grossing film pan-India, ‘RRR’ has made it amply clear that Telugu commercial cinema is the new entertainment leader in post-Covid India, especially when compared with much-hyped commercial duds such as ’83’, ‘Gangubai Kathiyawadi’ and ‘Bachchan Pandey’.

‘The Kashmir Files’ has been the only exception, but it owes much of its success to the manner in which it was adopted by the BJP and supported by its state governments with tax exemptions, especially after Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsed it wholeheartedly.

Not only films, Telugu movie stars, such as Prabhas, Allu Arjun, Jr NTR and Ram Charan, have become well-known names across the country.

It’s certainly a far cry from the days when Bollywood ruled the box office, and if South Indian films got noticed, it was only if they won national awards or were remade into Hindi films, and their superstars rang a bell north of the Vindhyas only if they made waves in politics. Of course, there have been exceptions such as Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan, but Tollywood stars were barely known outside the then undivided Andhra Pradesh.

Observers point to several factors for the growing national acceptance of movies from Tollywood and other South Indian film production hubs.

Telugu film critic and industry analyst Prabhu told IANS: “Television channels dedicated to screening of South Indian movies dubbed to Hindi, and then the arrival of OTT platforms, began opening up a wider audience for them.” Suddenly, all of India started watching and appreciating films made in the south.

The spread of multiplexes across an increasingly urbanised India, with their enormous appetite for software, have also helped South Indian producers to exhibit their films in traditional Hindi markets. But the multiplication of platforms and venues for the exhibition of movies alone cannot explain the growing pan-India footprint of South Indian cinema.

Bollywood’s fading star power is an oft-quoted reason. Much of Bollywood’s heft is thinning as stars such as the Khans, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn are in their 50s and past their prime. Increasingly, they don’t seem to be drawing audiences to cinemas. The developing vacuum has created a level playing field that South Indian movie stars are exploiting, says Bengaluru-based film scholar and critic M.K. Raghavendra.

The South is also scoring because of the grand visions of its movie-makers, which was amply evident in ‘RRR’.

Prabhu pointed to the larger-than-life portrayals of characters that South Indian filmmakers boldly etch on the big screen. “Can you imagine a filmmaker daring to think of a subject such as ‘Bahubali’ and spending so much time and attention as Rajamouli on building up its elements?” Prabhu asked.

Raghavendra added that South Indian filmmakers excel in adding ‘masala’ — action and emotion — in dollops. Something that Bollywood seems to be unable to effectively deliver anymore. “The stuff is pungent. That’s the taste people want,” he said.

“Hindi films are bland, so nobody wants them. They want masala and Hindi films no longer have masala like they did in the past. Telugu and Tamil films, moreover, are punchy. They hit you straight,” Raghavendra explained.

The soon-to-be-released ‘KGF: Chapter 2’, starring Kannada movie star Yash, is another South India potential blockbuster that has raised expectations, especially among the fans of ‘KGF: Chapter 1’, which raked in Rs 250 crore, a record for a Kannada film. It just changed the way the rest of India perceived Kannada cinema, which previously made news only because of its arthouse productions.

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Allu Arjun’s Pushpa tops TRP ratings in Bollywood


Allu Arjun has undoubtedly emerged a national star with Pushpa: The Rise, which has Rashmika Mandanna, Fahadh Faasil and Sunil in important characters.

After creating collection records in theaters pan-India, the movie has now smashed TRP ratings in all centres with a huge difference when compared with Bollywood mega movies.

Pushpa is on a high with 4.35 TVR, Sooryavanshi 2.7 and 83 just 1.79 when it comes to HSM Urban. And, Pushpa is on top with 3.79 TVR, Sooryavanshi second with 3.18 and 83 third with 2.11 in HSM Urban Pay.

Not just that, Pushpa, Sooryavanshi and 83 respectively scored 4.23, 1.68 and 1.07 in HSM U+R. Now, isn’t this enough to show the power of pan-Indian movies as against Bollywood films?

Devi Sri Prasad has composed the music for Pushpa and the songs topped the charts in various languages. Besides the Telugu states and Maharashtra, the film directed by Sukumar and bankrolled by Mythri Movie Makers Muttamsetty Media ran successfully in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka too.

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Anasuya turns the lead antagonist in Pushpa: The Rule


Stylish Star Allu Arjun delivered his career’s best performance in Pushpa: The Rise and the film also paved the path for the actor in Bollywood. Sukumar and his team are focused on the sequel and the shoot is expected to commence from the mid of April or May. The first installment ends after Allu Arjun announces war on Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat, a cop essayed by Fahadh Faasil. The audience predicted that the second part will be high on the tiff between a mafia don and a cop.

But Sukumar has a different plan. Anasuya who had a crisp role in the first part will be seen as the lead antagonist in the second installment. Sukumar and his team is said to have penned a powerful role for Anasuya. Fahadh Faasil too will have a crucial role but Anasuya takes the front seat among the list of the antagonists in Pushpa: The Rule. Rashmika will be playing Allu Arjun’s wife and Sunil, Rao Ramesh, Dhananjaya will be playing other crucial roles. Devi Sri Prasad is the music composer and Mythri Movie Makers are the producers. Pushpa: The Rule releases next year.

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Bheemla Nayak takes best opening post COVID 2nd wave


Bheemla Nayak has taken a very good opening in the Telugu States with a distributor share of 25.80 Cr. The film has set All-Time Record in Nizam beating Pushpa but the collections in AP have been affected by the ticket cap restrictions. The film didn’t even release in some centres as the tickets were capped at 30/- which won’t even recover the theatre rents.

The film has taken the best opening post COVID 3rd wave beating Pushpa. In areas like Ceeded, Nellore, Krishna the film has collected less than Pushpa due to the ticket cap restrictions. Even special shows were now allowed to be screened.

AP/TS shares of Top 3 films Post COVID 3rd wave:

MovieAP/TS shares
Bheemla Nayak25.80 Cr
Pushpa 24.50 Cr
Akhanda 14.65 Cr

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Pushpa Impact on Bheemla Nayak Pre-release Event


Pawan Kalyan’s Bheemla Nayak is hitting the screens this Friday across the globe. The pre-release event which was scheduled to take place on Monday was rescheduled for today and it will take place in Yousufguda Police Grounds in Hyderabad. Fans are expected to attend the event in huge numbers for the event. Allu Arjun’s Pushpa pre-release event too took place at the same venue and there was a huge ruckus on the day as there are huge number of passes issued. Thousands of fans could not enter the venue due to the restrictions. Ten thousand passes are issued for a venue which can accommodate 5000 people.

To prevent such unexpected incidents, the cops took the responsibility to issue the passes. The passes issued by the production house for the Monday event are not valid for the today’s event. The cops finalized the number of passes and they are issued by them for the fans. 5000 passes are issued for the pre-release event of Bheemla Nayak. The event will be telecasted live on the YouTube page of Haarika and Hassine Creations. TV channels and other media houses are not allowed for the pre-release event of Bheemla Nayak.

Telangana Ministers KTR and Talasani Srinivas Yadav are the Chief guests for the event. Bheemla Nayak is directed by Saagar Chandra and Sithara Entertainments are the producers.

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Pushpa bags Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Award


Allu Arjun’s recent film Pushpa: The Rise is a surprise hit in Hindi and the film raked Rs 100 crores in its final run in Bollywood. Several top Bollywood actors lauded the performance of Allu Arjun. The film now bagged the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Award 2022. Pushpa: The Rise is named as the Film of the Year beating several Bollywood films. Ranveer Singh bagged the Best Actor award for his performance in 83. Kriti Sanon is named as the Best Actress for the film Mimi.

Sardar Udham Singh is awarded the Critics Best Film and Shershaah is the Best Film at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival. Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani turned out to be the special attraction at the event and they won Critics Best Actor and Actress awards respectively. Manoj Bajpayee is awarded the Best Actor award in web series and Raveena Tandon is the Best Actress in web series. The event took place last night in Mumbai.

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‘Sukumar is a hard nut to crack’: ‘Pushpa’ writer Srikanth Vissa


Srikanth Vissa, who penned the dialogues for blockbuster ‘Pushpa’, has also worked on Ravi Teja’s upcoming movie ‘Khiladi’.

The screenplay writer who has a busy lineup with multiple big-ticket movies in his kitty, states that it was not at all easy to work under director Sukumar.

In a candid interview with IANS, the ‘Khiladi’ writer (dialogues) shares his experience working for multiple movies in Telugu.

Srikanth Vissa, who was lauded by Sukumar for his work in ‘Pushpa’ said, “It is not an easy task to impress Sukumar Garu. He always craves perfection. Even in the slightest things, he looks for details”.

“Being a hard nut to crack, Sukumar sir always push me to do it better each time I bring in my dialogue work”.

Srikanth also mentions that the movie ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ had begun in a context that it will be lengthy, yet a single-episode movie.

“Later in the making, we understood that we had to make this movie in two parts. So, we are all ready with the scripting and other related works. We shall start shooting whenever the team is ready”, Srikanth said.

On being quizzed about his work experience with Allu Arjun, Srikanth said, “Allu Arjun is so easy to work with. He grasps even little things easily. It is a pleasure to see him in front of the camera”.

Srikanth Vissa, who has worked for several other movies like ‘Kittu Unnadu Jagratha’, ‘MCA- Middle-Class Abbayi’, ‘Pantham’, ‘Venky Mama’, ‘Amaram Akhilam Prema’ and many others, have provided dialogues and screenplay for multiple other movies.

Srikanth, who sees himself as a director sometime in the future, has a heavy lineup, which includes two movies with hero Ravi Teja, which has brought the duo closer.

As he has penned the dialogues for the upcoming movie ‘Khiladi’, he said that he has bonded with hero Ravi Teja, as they share mutual interests.

“Ravi Teja has become my family. We have travelled together, for more than a year now. He is such a hard worker and always energetic. He is so humble and we have become quite closer”.

Srikanth will be penning dialogues for ‘Ravansura’, ‘Tiger Nageswar Rao’, ’18 Pages’, ‘Pushpa 2’, ‘Devil’, and ‘Bhala Thandanana’.

Srikanth, who was supposed to work with late Kannada star Puneeth Raj Kumar, explains that he had been so heartbroken with the huge loss.

“I was supposed to start work with Puneeth sir. We had a chat over the script as well. Kicha Sudeep’s ‘Pehlwan’ director Krishna was supposed to direct the movie and I was supposed to work on the screenplay. But the heartbreaking incident took him away, leaving a void that can never be replaced,” he said.

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Pushpa… Pushparaj… Jhukega Nahin, says the Congress Party


No…. Pushpa star Allu Arjun is not campaigning in the poll-bound state of Uttar Pradesh. He is too busy to go through the poll grind in the biggest state of the country. But, Pushpa’s most popular tunes are going to be used by the Congress party for the election campaign. Yes. The Congress has released peppy parodies of hit number “Choope Bangaramayene Sri Valli” for its campaign in the state.

Pushpa song has been dubbed as “Tu Hai Gajab UP… Teri Kasam” and shared on its Twitter handle. The song has visuals that depict the greatness of UP and how it contributes to the building of national identity. Dubbed versions of Pushpa are a rage across North India and have notched up over Rs 100 crore in the Hindi belt.  Several celebrities, cricketers and actors have done short videos dancing to this number.

This is not the first time that the Congress has used filmi numbers for its campaign. In fact, the Congress had secured the rights of AR Rahman’s hit number that got him the Oscars. Jai Ho was the Congress anthem in the 2009 general elections. This time around, they have chosen to capitalise on Pushpa mania.

But whether the song will be able to lift the fortunes of the Congress Party is a moot question. The party is fighting the election all alone and the SP has refused to ally with the Congress. Most electoral surveys have given the Congress Party less than ten seats in the UP elections. The seven-phase UP election will begin from February 10 and the results will be declared on March 10.

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January 2022: Poor Start for Tollywood


2021 left the film industry in huge losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. The producers are left under huge stress because of the delays and the heaping up interests. December 2021 has been quite good after the month reported three hits in the form of Akhanda, Pushpa and Shyam Singha Roy. The crucial Sankranthi season is badly missed this year as there are no prominent releases except Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya’s Bangarraju. January started on a dull note with ten releases and nine flops.

Bangarraju reported decent footfalls during the Sankranthi season because of the stars. Before this, Aasha Encounter, Induvadhana, 1945 and Athididevobhava released during the first week of January. All these films ended up as disasters. Other Sankranthi releases Rowdy Boys and Hero ended up as flops and failed to make an impact. They failed to recover the huge budgets too. Kalyaan Dhev’s Super Machi failed to screen shows as they were no footfalls. Keerthy Suresh tested her luck with Good Luck Sakhi and the word of mouth is quite poor.

The film too will fail to recover the publicity expenses. This adds one more debacle for Keerthy Suresh. On the whole, January 2022 started on a dull note and Tollywood has high hopes on February.

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‘He is Music’, says Allu Arjun, showering praise on ‘Srivalli’ singer Sid Sriram


Sid Sriram, who has become one of the country’s most talked-about singers after the success of his ‘Srivalli’ track for ‘Pushpa’, was praised by the film’s lead actor Allu Arjun as he remembered an event where the crooner belted out the now-famous song without any musical accompaniment.

The absence of music had been caused by a technical glitch, but that did not stop the California-raised, Chennai-based Sriram from continuing with the performance.

This happened before the release of ‘Pushpa’. Recalling the event, Allu Arjun took to Twitter to say: “Wanted to write this at leisure. My brother Sid Sriram Garu was singing ‘Srivalli’ on stage at the pre-release event.”

He went on to note: “He started singing without music and I was waiting for the musical instruments to start slowly supporting his vocals. But they didn’t. And he kept singing without any music.”

Sharing a video of the event, Allu Arjun concluded: “I was blown away. It was sounding so magical I thought in my head … ‘He doesn’t need music. HE IS MUSIC.”

Overwhelmed by the heartfelt praise, Sriram said: “Brother, I am beyond humbled. So much love! You are a legend and these words mean the world to me.”

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After Warner, Suresh Raina now dances to Allu Arjun’s ‘Srivalli’


The number ‘Srivalli’ from the Telugu blockbuster ‘Pushpa – The Rise’, featuring Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead, seems to have captured not just the hearts of fans and film buffs but also cricketers.

First, it was Australian cricketer David Warner, who loved the number so much that he put out a video of him replicating actor Allu Arjun’s dance moves for the superhit number. Now, Suresh Raina too seems to have tried his hand at dancing for the same song.

Raina, however, danced to the Hindi version of the hit number. He posted a video clip of him dancing to the number on Instagram and said: “I couldn’t stop but try this myself.”

The cricketer also heartily congratulated Allu Arjun for a fine performance in the film that was directed by Sukumar.

He said: “Allu Arjun, what an incredible performance in Pushpa brother! Wishing you lots of success!”

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Will Pushpa: The Rule turn a goldmine for Mythri?


Allu Arjun’s recent offering Pushpa: The Rise is made on a huge budget and the film has done well across the Telugu states. The film performed beyond the expectations in Hindi and Tamil languages. The makers spent lavishly on the making and the promotions. The final statistics made it clear that the makers could not make huge profits but they managed to land safe. Allu Arjun and Sukumar are busy with the sequel which is titled Pushpa: The Rule and the shoot commences very soon.

The biggest mistake made by Mythri for Pushpa: The Rise is that they sold out the non-theatrical rights of the film even before the release of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo. They are now in plans to hold all the rights till the film’s release. Pushpa: The Rule will also start on a high note in Hindi and Tamil because of the first installment. The pre-release business outside the Telugu states would be exceptional for Pushpa: The Rule. Allu Arjun is also keen to promote the second installment all over the country and a perfect promotional plan will be chalked out before the release.

Mythri Movie Makers are keen to make Pushpa: The Rule on lavish standards and plan a grand release without any rush. They are pretty sure that the first installment paved paths for the second one. The film is expected to release in December this year.

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Pushpa (Telugu) Worldwide Closing Collections – All Time Top 7th


Pushpa (Telugu) has ended up its run worldwide with a distributor share of 109 Cr. The film is the second-highest grosser of Allu Arjun and 7th highest of all time beating Saaho.

The film is a profitable venture, except for the AP where the film had ridiculous pricing from distributors. Producers are refunding the losses to buyers here, that’s a bit of relief but still not enough as much as it should have been. In the Nizam area, the film is the fourth highest of all time just behind the Baahubali’s and Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.

Verdict: Telugu Version of the film is Success / Above Average

AreaWorldwide Closing Collections 24 days Worldwide Collections10 Days World wide CollectionsFirst Week Worldwide CollectionsFirst Monday - 4 days AP/TS CollectionsFirst Weekend (all languages) Worldwide Collections2 Days CollectionsAP/TS Day1 CollectionsPre-Release business
Nizam37.15 Cr (all languages 37.65 Cr)37.60 Cr34.40Cr31.20 Cr28.25 Cr24.90 Cr17.90Cr10.90 Cr36 Cr
Ceeded15.90 Cr15.80 Cr12.90Cr11.20 Cr10 Cr8.90 Cr6.30Cr4.20 Cr18 Cr
UA7.95 Cr7.90 Cr7.13Cr5.90 Cr 5.15 Cr4.40 Cr3.05Cr1.80 Cr12.25 Cr
Guntur5.35 Cr5.30 Cr4.80Cr4.21 Cr3.81 Cr3.47 Cr2.83Cr2.28 Cr9 Cr
East4.75 Cr4.70 Cr4.15Cr3.80 Cr3.36 Cr2.95 Cr2.19Cr1.43 Cr8.10 Cr
West4.10 Cr4 Cr3.60Cr3.30 Cr2.80 Cr2.55 Cr2Cr1.50 Cr7.15 Cr
Krishna4.30 Cr4.25 Cr3.77Cr3.44 Cr3.08 Cr2.71 Cr1.91Cr1.15 Cr7.50 Cr
Nellore3.55 Cr3.50 Cr2.90Cr2.60 Cr2.27 Cr2.05 Cr1.65Cr1.25 Cr4 Cr
AP/TS83.05 Cr83.05 Cr73.65Cr65.65 Cr58.72 Cr51.93 cr37.83Cr24.51 cr102 Cr
KA10 Cr9Cr8.5 Cr7.5 Cr10 Cr
North India36.20 Cr20Cr14.5 Cr7 Cr5 cr (valued)
TN11.5 Cr8.3Cr7.5 Cr5.40 Cr6 CR
Kerala4.40 Cr4.1Cr3.4 Cr2.30 Cr3 Cr (valued)
ROI12.50 Cr
Overseas13.50 Cr14.7 Cr12Cr11.30 Cr9.30 Cr13 Cr
Worldwide109.05 Cr159.85 Cr127.05 Cr110.85 Cr83.43 Cr139 Cr

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Tanzanian social media star Kili Paul dances on Samantha’s ‘Oo Antava’


Popular Tanzanian content creator Kili Paul has shared a video of her shaking a leg on south star Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s popular track ‘Oo Antava’ from the recent hit ‘Pushpa: The Rise’.

Kili posted a video on Instagram dancing on the track dressed in a traditional Masaai ensemble.

He captioned the video, which currently has 153,000 likes on the photo-sharing website: ‘Oh antava mama pushpa songs are (fire emoji) @alluarjunonline @rashmika_mandanna @thisisdsp@adityamusicindia ”

This is not the first time Kili Paul has grooved on an Indian number. Previously Bollywood actress Kiara Advani shared a video of the content creator lip-syncing the track ‘Raataan Lambiyaan’ from her film ‘Shershaah’.

‘Pushpa: The Rise’ also stars Rashmika Mandanna and is directed by Sukumar.

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Hyderabad cops use Allu Arjun’s ‘Pushpa’ poster to urge bikers to wear helmets


Looking to put the massive reach of director Sukumar’s blockbuster film ‘Pushpa: The Rise’, featuring Allu Arjun in the lead, to good use, the Hyderabad Traffic Police recently chose to use a picture of Allu Arjun from the film to create awareness among the public on the need to wear helmets while riding two-wheelers.

The movie, starring Allu Arjun and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead, continues to have a strong run even after a month in theatres.

In the poster put out by the police department, the superstar is seen wearing a checked shirt (from the movie) and riding a bike with a helmet on. The post emphasized how helmets save lives of people and urged citizens to wear them while riding two-wheelers.

After taking the box-office by storm with a record collection of over Rs 300 crore and its Hindi version nearing Rs 90 crore, ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ is bulldozing its way to record books.

After extending its theatrical run and getting an amazing response at the BO, the Hindi version of the movie had marked its OTT debut on Prime Video last week.

Interestingly, the superstar’s Telugu action drama ‘Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo’ (2020) is scheduled to release its dubbed Hindi version in cinemas on January 26.

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Pushpa: The Rise is a Jackpot for Hindi Distributor


Leaving everyone in surprise, Allu Arjun’s recent offering Pushpa: The Rise overperformed across the North Indian circuit even after the promotions are ignored. The movie released in a decent number of screens and it raked decent money due to the positive word of mouth. The film grossed over Rs 84 crores in 4 weeks which is huge. Manish Shah of Goldmines Telefilms holds the entire Hindi rights of the film and he is said to have invested Rs 40 crores in the film. The theatrical share would be close to Rs 42 crores and he recovered the investment through the theatrical rights.

The Hindi TV rights are sold for Rs 30 crores and the digital rights for the Hindi version are sold for Rs 10 crores. Manish pocketed a profit of Rs 40 crores through Pushpa: The Rise which is huge for a South Indian film. He is also keen to involve in the sequel of the film but the makers will not sell off the theatrical and Hindi rights for now. Mythri Movie Makers who sold the Hindi deals long ago will now hold all the rights till the film’s release. With Pushpa: The Rise making decent money, the sequel Pushpa: The Rule will have terrific expectations.

Directed by Sukumar, the shoot of the sequel commences in April and the makers are keen to release the film in December this year in all the India n languages. Rashmika is the leading lady and Fahadh Faasil is the lead antagonist.

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Culture, language barriers blurring: Rashmika Mandana on ‘Pushpa’ success


Rashmika Mandanna, lead actress of ‘Pushpa: The Rise’, is overwhelmed by the positive response garnered by the surprise blockbuster of 2021.

“I’m really grateful that all the hard work that the cast and crew had put in the film, is finally being seen and appreciated by viewers all across. There’s so much love and positivity that the audience has showered upon the film, its characters, and the story, which is super encouraging”.

Rashmika is also very happy to see the film, being appreciated by audiences from different regions of the country. Adding to this she says “The humongous applause that the film has received, only shows us that the culture and language barriers are now blurring and fading away.” It seems the film has broken all the cultural differences and sets an example of unity in diversity.

She promises that ‘Pushpa 2’ will be bigger than ever. Earlier, taking to social media, Rashmika wrote, “Thank you for all you love for Pushpa.. only makes us want to work harder.. and we promise you.. Pushpa 2 will only be better and bigger! ?????? Pc: @thisisdsp”

Having its roots in Telugu, ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ has made its mark in every corner of the country. Directed by Sukumar, it was released on December 17 and has scored massive success at the box-office with its collections. The sequel ‘Pushpa: The Rule’ is expected to go on floors in March this year.

Meanwhile, expressing concern over the rising cases of COVID in the country, the actress has urged the audience to be safe and take necessary precautions to avoid any kind of spread of the virus. Talking about the grave situation Rashmika says “Also, would urge everyone to take all the necessary precautions at this crucial point, and take good care of themselves and their loved ones”.

The pan-Indian actress will now be debuting in Bollywood with 2 big-ticket films – ‘Mission Majnu’ and ‘Goodbye’.

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