Vishalâ€™s Irumbu Thirai hit the silver screens on May 11th to positive reviews and its Telugu dubbed version Abhimanyudu released on June 1st amidst a lot of expectations.
The star does have a good fan following in the Telugu speaking states, Andhra and Telangana, and his Pandem Kodi, released some years ago was one of the biggest hits in his career. However, none of his other dubbed films released after Pandem Kodi managed to break the record it had set but this is bound to happen soon with Abhimanyudu.
According to trade reports, the Telugu version of Irumbu Thirai, Abhimanyudu, opened to packed houses on June 1st and is holding well in theatres. Despite two direct Telugu movies, the Nagarjuna starrer Officer, directed by Ram Gopal Varma and Raju Gadu starring Raj Tarun making it to the silver screens on June 1st, Abhimanyudu has managed to stand out.
Abhimanyudu, according to trade reports, grossed Rs. 2 crores worldwide during the first weekend, of which Rs 1.03 crores came from the Telugu speaking states alone. Directed by PS Mithran, the film has Vishal and Samantha playing the lead pair, with Arjun, Delhi Ganesh, Sreeja Ravi, Robo Shankar and Kavithalaya Krishnan in the star cast playing the supporting roles.
The film is bankrolled by Vishal under his banner Vishal Film Factory. Speaking at the Telugu press meet, Vishal said that Irumbu Thirai has turned out to be the biggest hit of his career. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed music for Irumbu Thirai / Abhimanyudu while George C. Williams is the cinematographer and Ruben is the editor. Initially, Arya was roped in to play the main antagonist in the film but he later opted out stating that he was not ready to play the villain right now in his career. Eventually, the role went to Arjun Sarja.
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