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Kranti box office collection Day 2: Sharp dip for Darshan's film after decent start

The Challenging Star’s film opened to below par reviews, with even die-hard fans unhappy about the routine formulaic story and making

Kranti box office collection Day 2: Sharp dip for Darshan's film after decent start
Darshan in a still from the film
  • Team OTTplay

Last Updated: 08.23 AM, Jan 28, 2023

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There was a lot of buzz surrounding Challenging Star Darshan’s Kranti in the run up to its release. Fans had been eagerly waiting for it to finally release and the advance bookings for Day 1 were quite positive, despite the massive competition from Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan, which had come out a day prior. However, things went downhill for Kranti thereafter, when the initial reports of the film’s first shows began trickling in. Early morning shows, which had the actor’s fans thronging theatres, had them walking out in disbelief at the mess that composer-director Harikrishna had presented. Their hero deserved better, they felt.


Not surprisingly, after the initial excitement of Day 1, bookings for subsequent days showed a massive slump. While the film opened to a net of Rs 9.8 crore (as per, day 2 mustered all of Rs 4.1 crore only, a nearly 60% dip. Projections for day 3 are also in a similar range. Bengaluru, Mysuru and Shivamogga are driving much of the collections of the film, with occupancy percentage figures in other centres in single digits only.

Kranti released in theatres across Karnataka in Kannada only, with a limited rest of India release, also in Kannada. Although the film has been dubbed in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi, the team had clarified that a business decision on whether to give it a theatrical outing or take these straight to OTT would be taken based on the reception to the original version. Some reports claimed that while there was some interest in the Telugu and Hindi versions, Malayalam and Tamil found no buyers. There has been no word on the film’s overseas release also, even though it was initially reported that the Europe region would have it in theatres a week later. This was later cancelled, as the film was not censored for that market in time to make this happen. The digital and satellite rights of the film have already been sold, so the best bet now is that the other language versions will be for the OTT outing only, which is likely to be by the end of February or early March.