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Sarkar Raj has turned out to be a success at the box office. Even though some media reports have been questioning the film's pull, especially after a huge number of prints that the film was released at, the fact remains that over 23 crores coming in the first week means that at the least Sarkar Raj would prove to be an average success at the box office.
The kind of collections that have poured in for the film aren't mind blowing but they are nowhere near being poor. In fact for a change, most of the reports too have been guarded as no one from the trade has stood up and called the film as a failure. The talks have mainly been centered around 'Why didn't the film take an earth shattering start in spite of featuring the towering trio from the Bachchan family'.
While in case of Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, it was crystal clear after the first show itself that the film was a failure, and hence everyone associated with it - especially Ramu - was pulled down, Sarkar Raj has troubled a few in a different way. Because the film didn't under perform in a way as some would have expected, the focus shifted on - 'Collections are good but not very good'!
However, most seem to be ignoring an all important point that Ram Gopal Varma has finally managed to end his poor box office run with Sarkar Raj which now happens to be the biggest first week money spinner of his career. In fact the film has even created city records at a few centers that seem to have gone unnoticed by majority of trade pundits.
Says a prominent distributor on condition of anonymity, "There is a definite tirade out there that wants the world to believe that distributors are loosing sleep over Sarkar Raj. No, we are not. The film has earned us the moolah and the kind of subject it comes with, you can't expect a slam-bang job where a film earns over the first weekend and disappears. The film has entered the second week in a strong position as well and we don't foresee anything much fall in days to come."
Well, with Mere Baap Pehle Aap not quite taking a thunderous opening that could steal away a lot from Sarkar Raj, looks like Ramu, Bachchan and Co. may eventually have the final smile, if not a roaring laugh!