This year, Tollywood will have a dull Diwali. With no big-ticket Tollywood production slated for release, the much-anticipated Bollywood film 'Krrish 3' will most likely do good business.
The trend has been going on for a while now. Last year the only film that released on Diwali was the Telugu-dubbed Tamil film 'Thupakki'. And the year before that, only the dubbed film 'Seventh Sense', released.
This Diwali there are three films releasing. Two of which are dubbed — 'Krrish 3' and 'Palnadu' — and the third is the small-budget Telugu film 'Premantene Chitram'.
While 'Krrish 3' has been dubbed in Telugu with the same name and is releasing on November 1, actor Vishal’s maiden production venture, 'Palnadu', is hitting the screens on November 2.
Vishal says, “Although there is no big competition for my film in Telugu, it’s going to slug out with Ajith’s 'Aarambam' in Tamil. I’m a man who believes in competition.”
With no major competition, 'Krrish 3', both the Hindi and the Telugu dubbed version, will most likely make a killing during the festive week.
Narayandas Naarang of Asean Movies, one of the presenters of the dubbed 'Krrish 3' says, “It’s the third installment in the 'Krrish' series. Considering that kids and families come up to theatres (during Diwali), we are releasing the film in 250 to 300 screens. This is a first for a Hindi film to have such a big release in Telugu.”
The only Telugu film releasing is 'Premantene Chitram'. Starring newcomers Maanas and Aarushi in lead roles, the film is jointly produced by Srinivasulu Naidu, Narasiaha and Kruthya.
The producers say, “Since ours is the only Telugu film releasing this festive week, we hope people will come to the theatres to watch it. It is a youthful romance and will draw the youth.”
Sudhakar Chaganti from Tolly2Holly, a film distribution company says, “People from Tollywood generally believe that the months of November and December are an off-season to release movies. The reason being, after a research, it is found that, during these two months, farmers in villages are busy at their fields. Movies are not made just for urban areas, they are made for everyone. Keeping this in mind, producers and distributors do not opt to release movies this season.
The other reason is that, amavasya is connected with Diwali and for people in Andhra, amavasya is considered as a bad day. Following these beliefs, none of the producers or distributors come forward to release their movies on Diwali.”
Meanwhile, a spate of Telugu films like 'Satya 2', 'Khali Charan' and 'Chandi' are lined up for a box office clash on November 8.
The Venkatesh and Ram starrer 'Masala', the remake of 'Bol Bachchan', is slated for a November 14 release. It seems like Diwali will be arriving late in Tollywood this year.
(With inputs from Vincent King)