As far as the fans of Kannada cinema are concerned, Shivarajkumar is a name that well and truly needs no introduction at all. Fondly referred to as the 'Simple Ruling King', the actor enjoys a solid fan following thanks to his gripping screen presence, macho looks and incredible versatility as a performer. During his enviable career, the 'Hattrick Hero' has starred in several big hits and this has established him as the undisputed ruler of the Kannada film industry. At present, he is in the limelight because of his latest film, The Villain.
The Prem directorial hit the screens on October 18, 2018, and opened to a thunderous response at the Karnataka box office. More than a week after its release, The Villain is still the top choice of the the fans. Here is the latest update.
Day 8 Collections
According to the latest trade estimates, The Villain collected Rs 1.58 Crore at the Karnataka box office on Thursday (October 25, 2018) and managed to hold its own at the ticket window. The figure is a bit on the lower side, but it's still decent/good, considering Thursday was a weekday.
A High Stakes Affair
The Villain is the biggest Kannada film in the recent times. It has been shot against a budget of Rs 60 Crore and been released on 500 screens in Karnataka alone. The impressive scale of release makes it a 'high risk' project. As such, it has to stay strong in Week 2 in order to emerge as a clean hit.
The WOM Is Mixed
The general feeling is that The Villain is a decent film that does full justice to Sudeep's abilities as a performer. However, at the same time, Shivarajkumar's fans are not too happy about the film, as they feel that SRK has been given less importance when compared to the 'Abhinaya Chakravarthy'. Moreover, some critics have also stated that the screenplay is a bit 'illogical' and not very compelling. All in all, the WOM is a bit mixed and this might be a problem for The Villain in Week 2.
The Way Ahead...
The Villain is still the top pick of the casual movie-goers and die-hard fans. As such, it is likely to pick up once again in its second weekend and continue ruling the box office.