Telugu hero Pawan Kalyan’s ‘Katamarayudu’ opening day collections were staggering at Rs.28 crore, far below than his brotherChiranjeevi’s 150th film released in January after a hiatus of 10 years.
Though ‘Katamarayudu’ was released on Friday in 1500 screens world over, 250 of them in US alone and 100 in Tamil Nadu, it has failed to reach the magic figure of Rs.50 crore as expected and the blockbuster in Telugu remains ‘Bahubali 1’ that raked in Rs.60 crore.
Moreover, the film grossed less than Pawan Kalyan’s brother Chiranjeevi’s 150th film ‘Khaidi No.150’ that earned Rs.47 Crore on its opening day, unraveling the undercurrents of rivalry between the two popular brothers over who’s calling the shots in the Telugu film industry now.
Both brothers had fell apart three years ago when Pawan Kalyan’s “Attarintiki Daredi” was leaked online and several patch up attempts ended in Pawan Kalyan modestly congratulating his brother’s return to films with tweets in January this year.
Now that the challenge is crossing Rs.47 crore on its opening day, Pawan Kalyan team made it sure that it crosses the benchmark by releasing it in 1500 screens. Though fans of Kalyan claim that the film’s opening day collections had crossed Rs.55 crore, analysts have put the figure in the range of Rs.28 crore maximum on its opening day.
Telugu film industry analyst Ramesh Bala has tweeted: “#KatamaRayudu rocks AP/TG Box office.. Collects a share of ₹ 22.27 Crs / Gross ₹ 28.1 Crs for Day 1.. Best Opening for #PSPK & All-time No.3.”
Starring Pawan Kalyan, Shruti Haasan, Siva Balaji, Ajay, Kamal Kamaraju and Chaitanya Krishna among others, ‘Katamarayudu’ theatrical and satellite rights were sold for Rs.100 crore though it was a remake of Tamil hit film ‘Veeram’ that was already dubbed into Telugu. The fan following for Pawan Kalyan was put to test in the film that revolves around a brother of five seeking to help the family of his love interest.
Since his previous film Sardar Gabbar Singh failed at the box office, ‘Katamarayudu’ success success will redesign the path of the actor whether to stick to films or enter politics now.