The Jaggesh-led film was first announced as an August 11 theatrical outing, but with Rajinikanth’s Jailer taking up almost all available screens, producer KA Suresh took Thothapuri 2 out of the race
Last Updated: 11.57 AM, Sep 13, 2023
Last month, it almost seemed that the makers of Navarasa Nayaka Jaggesh’s Thothapuri Chapter 2 (the second instalment of the 2-part movie), were set to make the same mistake they made with the release of the first part. Thothapuri Chapter 1 had released on September 30 along with Kantara and Ponniyin Selvan 1 and was a washout at the box office, following which it was widely thought that the second instalment would skip a theatrical and come out on Zee5 Kannada directly, since the streamer had picked up the rights of the first film. For months, there was no update until one fine day, when producer KA Suresh announced that Thothapuri 2 would be in theatres on August 11. This time around, he was going head-on against Superstar Rajinikanth’s Jailer, but he had to bow out of this race soon enough, what with literally no screens available for Thothapuri 2.
In the time since, the team of Thothapuri has not spoken about when it would likely be in theatres, but now that they’ve released another song, Kannage Heertavne, it seems that it may not be far off. With Salaar, the big release of September 2023 postponed indefinitely, it will give several film teams an impetus to bring their movies to theatres around that date. The latest buzz is that the film could be in theatres in the first or second week of October, as the Dasara festive window is already brimming at the seams with titles across languages.
When OTTplay had spoken to producer Suresh in August, he had said that a release plan would be formalized based on the performance of the big-ticket releases and how they retain screens/shows. While Jailer had an impressive run in the state, Sapta Sagaradaache Ello Side A also managed to retain most of its screens into the second week. Thothapuri 1 had Jaggesh, Aditi Prabhudeva inn the lead with Hema Dutt, Veena Sundar and Suman Ranganathan in pivotal roles, and Dhananjaya in a cameo. The second part is expected to have Dhananjaya in a more prominent role.