It is no secret that the much-loved and iconic Rajinikanth is the greatest mass in the Indian film industry. Fondly referred to 'Thalaiva', he is held in high regard because of his gripping looks, stunning personality and legendary on-screen mannerisms. During his career, he has starred in quite a few classics and this has proved that he is the 'Boss' of the film world. At present, he is in the limelight because of his latest release Petta. The film hit the screens on January 10, 2019 and opened to a good response at the box office.
Now, Petta has ended its run in the Telugu states. And, sadly, the results are not as good as expected.
Petta Fails To Impress
According to the latest trade reports, Petta collected a share of merely Rs 6 Crore and the AP/TS box office and proved to be a failure. Its rights are valued Rs 14 Crore and it has not been able to breakeven.
A Bad Decision?
Petta managed to impress most of the critics . They pointed that the film marked the return of vintage Rajinikanth and described it as an entertainer. As such, the WOM was quite healthy right from Day 1. However, this failed to help the movie in anyway whatsoever. Petta released a day after the magnum opus NTR Kathanayakudu and a day before Vinaya Vidheya Rama. As it was sandwiched between two biggies it never really stood a chance. All in all, the makers chose the wrong date to release Petta in AP and TS. And, this harmed the film's prospects big time.
Is Rajini Not An Attraction In The Telugu States?
Rajinikanth has not really been able to work his magic in the Telugu states of late. The Pa Ranjith-directed Kaala was an utter flop. In fact, it can even be said that it sank without a trace. Similarly, 2.0 did not do as well as expected in the Telugu states. And, now, the lacklustre response to Petta proves that Rajinikanth is not a crowd-puller in the AP/TS market.
The Road Ahead...
Rajinikanth is currently gearing up to begin work on his film with AR Murugadoss. The movie is a crucial one for him. If it fails to impress than Rajini's standing in the industry might take a big beating...