Here is the report for the second half of the year.
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Badrinath which was released in previous month continued to get collections at the lower end and mass centers as there were no big films to compete with in sight. Brahmigadi Katha and Virodhi were the only noticeable direct Telugu releases and both did not do anything special at the box office although Brahmigadi Kath fared better.
The month however was dominated by dubbed films from Tamil. Three films Kanchana, Nanna and Sega created some noise prior to their release at the box office but only Kanchana managed to fare well among the three. Nanna got the best reviews out of the three but the appreciation did not turn into numbers also with Kanchana running alongside it any chance of picking up too was ruled out. Sega was a failure both critically and commercially.
Super hit – Kanchana
Disaster – Nanna, Sega, Virodhi
After a long gap August saw the release of few anticipated direct Telugu releases. And as things happen in Telugu cinema both the anticipated films released along side each other. They were Naga Chaitanya starrer Dhada and Ram starrer Kandireega. It was seen as a huge clash among the upcoming actors and trade too looked with excitement over the final outcome. But the result was a one sided affair with Kandireega winning the battle.
Naga Chaitnya who was coming after the super successful 100% Love tried action for the first time with Dhada and failed big time with the critics panning the film left right and center. The film failed to put up even decent numbers even with Independence Day weekend holidays. Kandireega on the other hand gave Ram the much desired success. But even this film too was just a moderately accepted one and after the initial run the collections dried up.
Apart from these two there were three other direct Telugu releases; JD Chakravarthy directed Money Money More Money, Suresh Productions Navadeep starrer Mugguru and Sumanth’s Daggaraga Dooranga. All these together combined couldn’t do a Dhada. That’s how poor they were.
Among the dubbed films Karthi and Kajal starrer Na Peru Shiva which started the month opened very well across the state and was an average success too.
Hit – Kandireega
Average – Na Peru Shiva
Disaster – Dhada
All time disasters – Daggaraga Dooranga, Money Money More Money, Mugguru
Dubbed films continued the sway at the box office. Post the super success of Rangam Jiva arrived to cinemas again with Vachadu Gelichadu. He came and he went away no one cared. Another hyped release was Ajith’s Gambler was the actor’s 50th film. Its Tamil version Mankatha was already a huge success but the Telugu version didn’t do anything at the box office. The film though got appreciation among the audience as few praised the actor for his act.
Few small Telugu films too released but no one bothered about them. It was all set for the arrival of Superstar. With no Telugu film besides Kandireega running at the box office, all the dubbed films too failing and Dussera festival around the corner all was set for the Superstar Mahesh Babu to conquer the box office with Dookudu. And conquer he did and that left everyone flabbergasted. He broke the opening records of Magadheera, created new benchmark for Telugu cinema overseas. With positive critics review and satisfactory word of mouth the film went on to be an unquestionable blockbuster. It beat the actors own Pokiri and Robo on the way to become the second biggest hit at the Telugu cinema box office.
However the actor and producers self proclaimed over enthusiastic proclamations of records and gross
es left a bad taste among the viewers and also resulted in many verbal wars among the fans publicly on Television, thus ruining the enjoyment of such a huge success.
Madatha Kaja literally got sandwiched among the two biggies Dookudu and Oosaravelli and couldn’t do much at the box office, in spite of being moderately engaging.
Blockbuster – Dookudu
Flop – Madatha Kaja, Mankatha
Disaster – Vachadu Gelichadu
October came and with it came the festive season of Dussera and Diwali. While initially many movies claimed to release their films for these festivals in the end there were only two films released to cash in on the festival. Oosaravelli released for Dussera and 7th Sense released for Diwali. Both the films got average to poor reviews and both the films collected till the end of their extended weekend and then faded away at the box office.
Oosaravelli opened to record collections for Dussera did well for those five days and then dropped down big time. Suriya’s 7th Sense followed a similar patter for Diwali and got the biggest openings for a dubbed film. Shahrukh Khan’s magnum opus Ra.one too was dubbed and released in Telugu but the film didn’t even get a face saving opening.
Pilla Zamindar starring Nani as hero released amidst the two biggies got very good word of mouth but failed to take off at the box office. Dookudu continued its good run during the festival days.
Average – Oosaravelli
Flop – 7th Sense, Pilla Zamindar
Disaster – Ra.one
November saw the release of some small to medium budget films like Nuvvila, Mogudu, Oh My Friend, Its My Love Story, Veedu Theda and Solo. Also legendary director Bapu’s much delayed mythological epic starring Sri Ramarajyam too hit the screens.
With Nuvvila director Ravi Babu once again returned to success track after few failures. Krishna Vamsi and Mogudu along with Tapsee were subjected to scathing reviews and miserable word of mouth meant the film had no chance at all the box office. Siddharth finally had to settle with an average success in Dil Raju produced Oh My Friend.
But the biggest surprise at the box office was Nandamuri Balakrishna starrer Sri Rama Rajyam directed by Bapu. The film got rave reviews and excellent word of mouth but the audience turn out was poor. It was only during the weekends that the films showed some signs of pick up but this trend only continued for few weeks and later that too stopped. In the end it could only collect more than 1/4th of its budget and hence a flop. On the overseas the film turned out to be the highest grossing film in the career of Balakrishna.
Nara Rohit won the family appreciation and director Parasuram faith of the critics with their venture Solo. Made on a meager sum of 5 Cr the film managed to get that amount in the theatrical run making it an average grosser at the box office.
Hit – Nuvvila
Average – Oh My Friend, Solo
Flop – Sri Rama Rajyam , It’s my love story
All time disaster – Mogudu
And finally last month of the year too saw the releases of few highly anticipated films. Frontrunner among all though was Powerstar’s Panjaa. Which like every other film of his failed to take off post the opening weekend and if it wasn’t for an open second weekend things could have been much worse for this Pawan Kalyan starrer.
Another film that was keenly awaited by cinema lovers was Akkineni Nagarjuna starrer Rajanna. Involvement of director SS Rajamouli in the project was the reason for the curiosity among the people. The songs by MM Keeravani were sensational and that too added to the people’s anticipation for the film. Rajanna opened with great critical response but the audience turn out was surprisingly shocking. Also with people not agreeing with the glowing reviews the box office fate of the film only turned out to be much worse.
There were other releases too this month in the beginning like Allari Naresh’s Tamil dubbed venture Sangharshana, Varun Sandesh’s Priyudu and the unforgettable Bezawada starring Naga Chaitanya. Among the three Naga Chaitanya’s Bezawada arrived with some hype courtesy its controversial subject but all things were negated courtesy one man show by Naga Chaitanya. So scathing were the reviews that it made Dhada look better.
Vikram’s Veedinthe is the last release of the year and its fate is yet to be seen.
Disaster – Panjaa, Rajanna
All time disaster – Bezawada
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