The biggest Telugu hit was “Karthikeya” by debutant director Chandoo Mondeti.The Akkineni family’s Telugu family drama “Manam” was a successful venture because of the low cost involved, though ‘Oka Laila Kosam’ was below average.
“Since the film featured actors from three generations of the Akkineni family, it didn’t cost them much. It collected about Rs.40 crore worldwide and celebrated a 50-day run at the box-office. Moreover, the makers solely enjoyed the success because they had released the film on their own,” a leading producer said.
“The Telugu industry suffered huge losses due to big films such as ‘Govindudu Andarivadele’, ‘Heart Attack’, ‘Rabhasa’, ‘Power’ and ‘Aagadu’. These films may have opened to big numbers, but they failed to turn profitable,” he added.
In Kannada, star-studded films such as “Maanikya” and “Power” were money spinners. Both the films were remake of Telugu films “Mirchi” and “Dookudu”, respectively.
“The Kannada industry plays safe by betting on successful remakes. Hence, the chances of box-office disasters are low. There are exceptions, but it’s been an average year for the industry with not too many flops,” distributor Sudharshan Hegde told IANS.
Both “Maanikya” and “Power”, estimated to be made on Rs.15 crore and Rs. 30 crore, collected over Rs.50 crore at the ticket window. Other Kannada hits included “Ugramm”, “Chandralekha” and “Gajakesari”.(IANS)