The Ram Charan Teja-Samantha Telugu film Rangasthalam, directed by Sukumar, released in March last year. It opened to packed houses across the globe and was declared a blockbuster hit. The film also got a massive response at all the box offices and became the highest opener among Telugu films in Chennai.
After more a year, the makers recently released the Kannada and Malayalam dubbed versions of the film. Titled Rangasthala, the Kannada version was released on July 12 and a few days later the Malayalam version was released. Rangasthalam became the second Telugu film releasing in Kannada after over six decades. The first Telugu film to be released in Kannada was Mayabazaar in 1957.
Rangasthalam’s Kannada rights were bought by producer Jack Manju for Rs 1.6 crore and released under his banner J movies in more than 100 theatres in Karnataka. But according to trade reports, the film has underperformed in Kannada by collecting only Rs 60 lakh. Trade pundits suggest that the lack of promotions and delay in the release of the film has resulted in the box office failure.
It may be noted here that Jack Manju had released the Kannada dubbed version of the Ajith starrer Vivegam in Karnataka under the title Commando.
Rangasthalam was a period action drama that had Ram Charan and Samantha play the lead pair for the first time. The film joined the Rs 100 crore club indicating that it was a massive success and in a full run, it had collected around Rs 125 crore share at the worldwide box office.
The star cast of this film also included Prakash Raj, Adhi Pinisetty and Jagapathi Babu. Devi Sri Prasad composed the music for this venture. The magnum opus was bankrolled by Naveen Yerneni, Y Ravi Shankar and Mohan Cherukuri under the banner Mythri Movie Makers.
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