Ace director Maniratnam’s long-awaited bilingual film ‘Raavan’ (in Hindi) and ‘Raavanan’ (in Tamil) and ‘Villain’ (dubbed into Telugu) has reportedly netted a collection of Rs.53 crores in the country in its first three days, the producer Reliance Big Pictures informs us.
The showing of the film’s Hindi version, though, has been below par in North America. In America and Canada, where the film’s Hindi version was screened from 18th June, the collection recorded has amounted to US $550,000, a far cry from the collections recorded three years ago by the earlier Maniratnam film ‘Guru’.
Despite a good review of the film in leading dailies like ‘New York Times’ and ‘Los Angeles Times’, the theatres have been running near-empty in America, it is reported. This has forced the distributors to take the film off by this Thursday from these halls. ‘Guru’, released in 2007, collected a million dollar in its first three days, it is informed.
The audience in New York and New Jersey reportedly flocked to the theatres with the impression that the film would be a modern-day adaptation of the epic Ramayana but were left disappointed at the way the film has been made, especially the way the character of Vikram (supposed to be ‘Ram’) has been shaped in the film.
Among the Rs.53 crore given by Reliance, the Tamil version accounts for Rs.11 crores, the Telugu version Rs.4 crores and the rest of Rs.38 crores have accrued from the collections of the Hindi version. Even in North India, the film opened to very poor showing, trade pundits from Mumbai point out and say that only 40% audience went to the halls on the first day and the subsequent shows ran to near-empty halls.
Tamil film ‘Raavanan’ opened in an excellent manner but the word-of-mouth about the film didn’t do any good to its box-office collections and the crowds started declining as early as from the fourth day itself, it is said. By Reliance’s own admission, the Telugu version’s performance has been below-par.