Debutant Tharun Bhascker Dhaassyam directed Telugu romantic-comedy "Pellichoopulu", a low-budget indie hit, has raked in over $1 million in the US, making it the most profitable venture in terms of return on investment.
According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh: "'Pellichoopulu' made it to the $1 million club on Saturday. Telugu film 'Pellichoopulu' crosses $1 million in USA. Total till 4.40 pm IST: $1,011,146 (Rs 6.78 crore)."
"Still counting...Superb," he wrote on his Twitter page.
The film's US theatre rights were reportedly bought for $200,000.
"On an investment of $200,000 the producer has made over $1 million and still counting. It's phenomenal success and makes the film most profitable venture on return on investment basis," trade analyst Trinath told IANS.
Starring Vijay Deverakonda, Ritu Varma and Priyadarshi Pullikonda, the film tracks the journey of a boy and a girl who bond over their business venture.
The makers are in talks with superstar Salman Khan's production house for the Hindi remake.