Ticket aggregator sites list as many as 22 films in different languages set to release between September 28 and 29
A few weeks ago, September 28 was meant to be the Salaar day. Yes, The Kashmir Files maker Vivek Agnihotri’s next The Vaccine War was also set to release, but the bigger name, of course, was Prashant Neel’s Prabhas-starrer Salaar. But then, under the strangest circumstances – delays in post-production, allegedly – Salaar was postponed indefinitely and to date, does not have an alternate release plan in sight. As soon as word spread that production house Hombale Films was pushing Salaar ahead, several other movies swooped in to take up the now vacant spot. In their hurry to get this prime release date for themselves, these films, across many different languages, have now literally caused a case of too much supply.
In Bengaluru, for instance, ticket aggregator BookMyShow lists as many as 22 films that will release between September 28 and 29. Kannada audiences have three films lined up – Golden Star Ganesh’s romantic drama Baanadariyalli, Navarasa Nayaka Jaggesh’s comedy drama Thothapuri: Chapter 2 and Ajith Jayaraj’s patriotic film, Krranthiveera. Joining these three films are Fukrey 3 and The Vaccine War in Hindi, Skanda, Rules Ranjann and Peddha Kapu: Part 1 in Telugu, Chittha, Chandramukhi 2, and Iraivan in Tamil, Kannur Squad and Chaaver in Malayalam and Saw X and The Creator in English. The site also lists films in Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali, Odia and Gujarati, but whether they will actually end up getting any screen/shows will be known only later next week.
Among the other language releases, Chittha, Skanda and Chandramukhi 2 are expected to have Kannada dubbed version releases as well. Actor Siddharth, who headlines Chittha, has dubbed for the Kannada version, which is called Chikku. Overall, it’s a tough draw for Baanadariyalli and Thothapuri: Chapter 2. The Ganesh-starrer is the 100th distribution venture for KRG Studios, so they will try their best to do justice to the film, but with these many films and only a limited number of screens, it remains to be seen how wide a release the Preetham Gubbi directorial will get. Thothapuri: Chapter 2, meanwhile, is getting a very silent release and may be contend with a few screens. The film’s first part was a washout at the box office and the second has not even been promoted. Rumours suggest that director Vijayaprasad and producer KA Suresh have parted ways, owing to which, the latter is handling the release and just pushing the film into the market.