The Japanese audience have time and again shown their love for Indian films. The Rajinikanth starrer Muthu was a smash hit in the country and had gained the superstar a large fan base over there. Released 21 years ago, Muthu still happens to be the highest grosser in Japan with a collection of Rs 1.6 million. Recently, the SS Rajamouli directorial Baahubali was released in Japan and it had collected 1.2 million with its 10-week run at the box office, thereby capturing the second spot.
Now, Ram Charan Teja starrer Magadheera is all set to break this record. The film opened to packed houses in Japan last week. The collections would go up even further in the coming weeks. Interestingly, Magadheera was also directed by SS Rajamouli. It now needs to be seen if the film would break the record held by the 21-year old film Muthu or the magnum opus Baahubali.
Magadheera is a romantic actioner that was released in 2009. The film had Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Agarwal as the lead pair with Dev Gill, Sri Hari, Sarath Babu, Rao Ramesh and others in the supporting roles.
MM Keeravani composed music for this venture with KK Senthil Kumar cranking the camera and Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao editing it. Made on a budget of Rs 35 crores, it went on to collect Rs 150 crores at the box office. The film was bankrolled by Allu Aravind and B. V. S. N. Prasad under the banner Geetha Arts.
Magadheera was dubbed into Tamil as Maaveeran and Malayalam as Dheera: The Warrior, and was released on 27 May 2011. Both the dubbed versions were big hits and earned a good fan base for Ram Charan in TN and Kerala. The film was then remade in Bengali as Yoddha: The Warrior by Raj Chakraborty.
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