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Big-ticket Tollywood films set for Sankranti release

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on January 08, 2020 Published on January 08, 2020

Starting January 9,Rajnikanth, Mahesh Babu, Allu Arjun's films are lined up one after another

Sankranti, which used to be the prime time for blockbuster Tollywood film releases till a few years ago, will again see some big-ticket releases this year. Beginning tomorrow, three mega movies starring Rajnikanth, Mahesh Babu and Allu Arjun are set to hit the screens.

Tamil superstar Rajnikanth’s films draw crowds on a par with those of top Telugu heroes. His film Darbar, directed by AR Murugadoss, will hit the screens on Thursday in over 200 theatres in Telangana, more than half of them in Hyderabad alone. Some of the theatres will screen Tamil and Hindi versions of Darbar.

Some of the multiplexes will be showing only this film in the next three days, before they reduce the number to give way for Telugu releases.

Mahesh Babu, who shares the top slot in Tollwwood with Pawan Kalyan (who has not made a movie in two years as politics has kept him busy), is coming up with Sarileru Neekevvaru, which will hit the screens on January 11, to be followed by Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikhuntapuramlo a day later.

Reportedly sold for ₹100 crore, Mahesh Babu’s film has an army backdrop, while Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikhuntapuramlo, directed by Trivikram Srinivas, has generated huge interest after its songs turned chart busters. Composed by Thaman and sung by Sid Sriram, the Samajavaragamana... song has logged 130 million views on YouTube, while the female version, sung by Shreya Ghoshal, clocked three million views in just three days. These numbers are from the official channels alone, while scores of other channels and radio stations are also playing it multiple times.

The gap of three days from Darbar’s release will free up theatres for the two big Telugu releases.

In fact, there was a tussle between the makers of the two movies over the date of release. The air was cleared last week with their decision to stick to the original schedule.

There’s another release on January 15 too. Junior NTR’s brother Kalyan Ram is in the lead role in Entha Manchivadavura, directed by Satish Vegesna.

Published on January 08, 2020
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