Gabbar Singh makes a killing, but only for a day
At last, the much-hyped Pawan Kalyan’s action film “Sardar Gabbar Singh” arrived and scored first day record by garnering Rs 19-and-odd crore, including Rs 3.5crore plus overseas on day one and surpassed Rs 16 crore secured by Srimanthudu, but fell far behind Baahubali.
Hyderabad: At last, the much-hyped Pawan Kalyan’s action film “Sardar Gabbar Singh” arrived and scored first day record by garnering Rs 19-and-odd crore, including Rs 3.5crore plus overseas on day one and surpassed Rs 16 crore secured by Srimanthudu, but fell far behind Baahubali.
- The film grosses more than Srimanthudu in AP, TS by drawing `19-and-odd crore, including overseas `3.5 crore-plus, but lags far behind Baahubali
- Fans are fleeced by theatre lessees and distributors by allegedly selling tickets on black market, says a producer
- Collections are falling sharply in several districts
“Surely, it has surpassed Srimanthudu comfortably in AP, TS and particularly overseas to become the second top grosser on day one and we expect to do better in coming days. A Telugu film drawing $ 643,785 on single day means fourth position in US market, including collections of Hollywood films, so we are hoping the Pawan’s charisma will hold good for some more time,” said a source, close the production house.
It’s true that film can boast of charisma alone since it received lot of flak on social media, while critics tore it to shreds for its lacklustre screenplay. “Distributors and exhibitors are bound to burn their fingers in TS and AP as they bought it for hefty price carried away by the hype. However, collections are dropping in various centres like Warangal, Khammam, Eluru and Nellore, so recovering their big investment will be a huge task” said Venkateswar Rao, distributor.
Apart from being disappointed with a lacklustre content, lakhs of die-hard fans had to dig deep into their pockets to watch their “fav star” in TS and AP. “A 100 rupee ticket was sold anywhere between Rs 750 and Rs 2,000 in TS and AP and fans were cruelly exploited by unscrupulous theatres lessees and distributors.
For instance, in Vizag alone, a distributor made Rs 64 lakh by selling 10,000 tickets on the black market for Rs 750 per ticket with support of a AP Minister, while officials turn a blind eye to the happening and similarly black marketeers made merry in TS and AP. Pawan, who loves his fans, should have saved them from this exploitation” lamented producer Nattikumar, ex-chairman, producers sector, Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce.