Junior NTR's latest outing Rabhasa, which released in theatres across the globe on August 29, has garnered an earth-shattering response all over the world on the eve of Ganesh Chathurthi festival. Having made fantastic collection at the Box Office on the first day, the Bellamkonda Suresh-produced movie has turned out to be the biggest opener of 2014, the second biggest opener for NTR and third all time biggest opener.
Rabhasa is one of the highly-anticipated and most hyped Telugu movies of the year. The film has been creating positive buzz ever since director Santosh Srinivas announced it. Though its makers have had enough amount of publicity for it, its promos have created lot curiosity for it. In addition, the movie has registered huge amount of advance ticket booking. So trade experts predicted it to start with a bang.
Considering the viewers' curiosity for Rabhasa, the makers started the screening of the film as early as from 4 am on Friday in many centres in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. NTR mania was seemed to be at it peaks with the theatres witnessing unprecedented crowd outside as well as inside the theatres in the early morning. The movie ran to packed houses everywhere down South.
Rabhasa witnessed same amount crowd in all matinee, afternoon, evening and night shows. Released in more than 800 screens, the movie has collected Rs 8.85 crores at the Telangana and AP Box Office on the first day. Its area-wise breakup is Rs 2.55 cr in Nizam, Rs 1.90 cr In Ceeded, Rs 1.19 cr in Guntur, Rs 90 lakhs in East Godavari, Rs 75 lakhs in Vizag, Rs 60 lakhs in Krishna, Rs 57 lakhs in West Godavari and Rs 39 lakhs in Nellore.
The Junior NTR, Samantha and Pranitha starrer has released in 125 screens in Karnataka, 60+ screens in Tamil Nadu, 90+ screens in Mumbai and other parts of North India, 95+ screens in the USA and 55+ screens other international markets. The makers of Rabhasa are yet to reveal the numbers of all these centres. Trade experts feel that its total collection on its opening day is likely to be Rs 12.55 crores.
Trade experts predicted that Rabhasa would witness downfall in its collection on Saturday as it is a working day. As predicted, the movie did drop, but not up to that extent. The movie has made a decent business. On its second day, it has collected approximately Rs 6.5 crore at the Box Office, taking its AP collection to Rs 15.35 croress.
Rabhasa has got mixed reviews and decent ratings from the film critics. We bring you some critics continue to read them in the slideshow.
Idlebrain - Rating: 3
First half of the film is a little disappointing. Second half is better. A few of Brahmanandam's scenes are handled well. Plus points of the film are NTR's performance and a few of Brahmi's episodes in 2nd half. The minus point of the film is lack of freshness and a complicated screenplay. This film is made with mass orientation and the success will depend on how masses take it!
Times Of India - Rating: 2.5
The absence of the mandatory NTR reference is perhaps the most original part of this otherwise unremarkable film that dishes out every known cliche in lexicon of big ticket Tollywood entertainers.
IndiaGlitz - Rating: 2.25
Snatches of this or that story aside, 'Rabhasa' is more 'rabhasa' and no good 'rasa'.
NowRunning - Rating: 2.5
Rabhasa is the one man show of NTR well complimented with some excellent comedy from Brahmanandham. Like most films these days, the film is less on substance more on comedy. But some how Telugu audience have developed high tolerance levels to such films. So Rabhasa is expected to work out well at the box office.
Gulte - Rating: 3
First half of the film is utterly boring with uninteresting college episodes and poor songs. Second half also moves on a predictable note as the director shifts into Kandireega mode. Nothing looks bright until Brahmanandam enters the scene. Comedy in a couple of scenes is good and has saved this film from ending up as a dud. Brahmi and NTR shouldered the film and carried it to the climax.
Telugu123 - Rating: 3
On the whole, Rabhasa is definitely not the blockbuster hit that NTR was desperately looking for. But some entertaining comedy and NTR's one man show, will surely make the general audience lap up this average entertainer during this festive season.
TeluguMirchi - Rating: 3.25
Everyone expected a good Vinayaka Chavithi feast from NTR. He almost served all the items but in very limited quantity. For those who expect a big bang from NTR may be disappointed. For those who are satisfied with a masala movie and a festive outing, Rabhasa would be just OK.
BharatStudent - Rating: 2.75
The trend of mixing action with entertainment and sentiment has picked up strongly and this is one such example. The first half goes around with elements of action, comedy and some romance. The interval bang was promising. The second half was more on the emotional front but good comedy was there. The climax fight was nice. Overall, this is a film which appeals to the commercial audience and fans of NTR. At the box office, this can be a decent grosser.
ReleaseDay - Rating: 3
There are 3 good things to talk about Rabhasa. First one is about the Young Tiger who did everything to entertain audience. NTR's charismatic presence has covered lot of loopholes in the script he pulled off the character of Karthik with ease.Brahmanandam has become a pivotal artist in the star hero's films these days and he is the saving grace in the second half.