The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) had restricted the release of non-Kannada movies to 24 theatres. But recently, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a fine on KFCC for obstructing ‘free trade’. This development has opened the floodgates for statewide release of non-Kannada films.
Following this development, Racha is the first film to release in more than 24 screens. Ram Charan Teja starrer movie was officially released in 90 screens and another 20-30 screens without advertisements in the state. According to trade circles, it is the first big beneficiary and is said to have collected up to Rs 15 crore in the state.
However, another Telugu film, Dammu is now set to release in 150 screens in the state this week. It should be seen whether this movie will do better business than Racha and break its record in Karnataka Box Office.