The film, directed by debutant Shashank Soghal, is based on a short story by noted litterateur Poornachandra Tejaswi
Daredevil Musthafa is the latest film that Kannada actor Daali Dhananjaya has thrown his weight behind and set out to present to audiences. He had earlier done it for Orchestra, Mysuru! – a film that he was also very passionate about, but despite his best efforts, that film found favour with audiences only when it came on OTT. With Daredevil Musthafa, which is based on a short story by Poornachandra Tejasvi and has a bunch of newcomers on its cast, Dhananjaya and the film team played their cards differently.
First off, they had a special show for the actor’s friends from the Kannada industry, as well as for the media, two days prior to the official release. Pretty much everyone only had great things to say about the film, on the strength of which, the three paid premieres they had on Thursday sold out within minutes of bookings opening online. On the D-day, though, initial reports from theatres were not very encouraging, but that began improving by the late-night shows and by Day 2, it got even better with several fast filling and houseful shows and the number of screenings also on the rise.
Karthik Gowda of KRG Studios that is distributing the film, tweeted, “#DaredevilMusthafa collections have increased and in the upward trend. We hope to have a great Sunday. Much needed film getting the right appreciation.” The film has over 50 shows in Bengaluru alone, and is expected to get a much-needed collection boost over the weekend.
Netizens, however, did point out that the distribution plan of the film is not as conducive as it ought to be, with several parts of the city not screening it. Even in areas where it is playing the shows are either in the afternoon or late night. They urged Karthik to work out better shows and timings for the film to sustain in movie halls.