There is no denying that 2020 has been an impressive year for the Telugu Film Industry. Kicking off with hits like Allu Arjun's Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo and Mahesh Babu's Sarileru Neekevvaru to name a few, the year also had some disaster movies to disappoint the audiences. For now, the film industry had taken a short break from shoots and production activities owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.
Though the state government recently gave permission to resume shoot in a phased manner, the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases has stopped the production activities yet again. Hoping that the makers and stars get back to work to entertain the audiences yet again, let us take a look at the half-yearly report of movies which proved to be a big disaster at the theatres this year.
The Ravi Teja-starrer released on January 24 and opened with a mixed response from the theatres. The story of the film revolves around a dead man, who is brought back to life using advanced technology, after being discovered in the mountains of Ladakh.
His mission to find his identity and the people responsible for his brutal death didn't quite impress the audience. Disco Raja, directed by Vi Anand and bankrolled by Ram Talluri under the banner SRT Entertainments, reigns the disaster list. The science fiction action film also features Payal Rajput, Nabha Natesh, Tanya Hope, Bobby Simha, Sunil and Vennela Kishore in pivotal roles. With its theatrical run, the movie collected a total of Rs 7.81 crore from its worldwide business.
The Telugu remake of Tamil blockbuster ‘96, that starred Trisha Krishnan and Vijay Sethupathi, unfortunately, failed miserably at the theatres. Featuring south diva Samantha Akkineni and Sharwanand, the movie revolves around the reunion of former school mates after 15 years of them passing out. Ram and Jaanu failed to bring the chemistry on the screen, as they solve issues surrounding their breakup in the movie.
Directed by C Prem Kumar, Jaanu earned a total of Rs 7.92 crore worldwide. Bankrolled by Dil Raju, the movie also features Saranya Pradeep, Hasini Anvi, Sai Kiran Kumar, Gouri G Kishan and Thagubothu Ramesh.
World Famous Lover
Though the fans had high expectations from Vijay Deverakonda's World Famous Lover after his impeccable performance in Arjun Reddy, the movie failed to impress the audiences. The romantic drama directed by Kranti Madhav has an ensemble cast including Aishwarya Rajesh, Raashi Khanna, Catherine Tresa, Izabelle Leite and Ananda Chakrapani in pivotal roles.
Bankrolled by KA Vallabha and KS Rama Rao, the movie earned an average collection of Rs 9.17 crore. Renowned music director Gopi Sundar composed songs for the film.
Aswathama starring Naga Shaurya and Mehreen Pirzada lands on 4th position in the list of the half-yearly flops. Directed by debutant Ramana Teja, the movie is bankrolled by Usha Mulpuri and Shankar Prasad Mulpuri. Released on January 31, the movie revolves around the story of a man, who returns to India to solve the mystery around his sister's boyfriend.
Aswathama earned a total of Rs 4.31 crore from its worldwide business and also featured Jisshu Sengupta, Harish Uthaman, Sargun Kaur Luthra, Prince, Aadarsh Balakrishna and Jayaprakash.
The action-drama film is directed by Satish Vagesna failed to impress the audience at the theatres. Featuring Kalyan Ram and Mehreen Pirzada, Entha Machivaadavuraa plot revolves around a short film actor, who carries multiple identities to bond with unknown people for a mission. Bankrolled by Subhash Gupta and Umesh Gupta, the movie collected a total of Rs 6.38 crore from its theatrical run. Along with the lead actors, the thriller also features Naresh, Sarath Babu, Suhasini Maniratnam, Vijayakumar, Baladitya and Vennela Kishore in pivotal roles.