Thursday, May 31, 2007

Venkatesh films direct 175 days centres

Bobbili Raja (3 Centres)
1Sudhershan 70mm (210 days)Hyderabad
2Melody (182 days)Vizag
3Tirumala (175 days)Kakinada
Chanti (2 Centres)
4Anand (175 days)Kurnool
5Krishna (175 days)Madanapalli
Raja (3 Centres)
6Tirumala (182 days)Kakinada
7Shiva Durga (182 days)Pitapuram
8Odeon Deluxe (175 days)Hyderabad
Kalisundam Raa (14 Centres)
9Rama (220 days)Nandyal
10Chitralaya (182 days)Vizag
11Venkata Krishna (182 days) (Gross-Rs. 43,21,426)Guntur
12Surya Mahal (180 days)Srikakulam
13Ranjani (179 days)Vijayanagaram
14Annapurna (176 days)Vijayawada
15Sri Kanya (175 days)Narsipatnam
16Mini SatyanarayanaEluru
17Anand (175 days)Kakinada
Nuvvu Naaku Nachav (3 Centres)
23Krishnakishore (176 days)Machilipatnam
24Apsara (176 days)Vijayawada
25Gowri Shankar (175 days)Guntur

Nagarjun's direct 175 days Centres

Ninne Pelladatha (3 Centres)
1Devi 70mm (189 days) (Gross-Rs. 1,03,72,483)Hyderabad
2Jyothi (189 days) (Gross-Rs. 45,10,550)Vizag
3Raj (188 days) (Gross-Rs. 59,42,224)Vijayawada
Annamayya (2 Centres)
4Alankar (176 days) (Gross-Rs. 63,02,028)Vijayawada
5Devi 70mm (176 days) (Gross-Rs. 93 lakhs)Hyderabad
Nuvvu Vastavani (7 Centres)
6Apsara (184 days) (Gross-Rs. 69,43,117)Vijayawada

BalaKrishna's direct 175 days centres

Mangamma Gari Manavadu
1Tarakarama 70mm (175 days-4 shows) (332 days-1 show)Hyderabad
Samarasimha Reddy
2Sudarshan 70mm (177 days)Hyderabad
4Chitralaya (177 days)Vizag
5Ranjani ( 177 days)Vijayanagaram
6Kinnera (177 days)Srikakulam
9SRK Chitra MandirPayakaraopeta
10Urvasi (177 days)Vijayawada
11Urvasi (178 days)Machilipatnam
12Bhaskar (177 days)Gudiwada
13Krishna Mahal (227 days)Guntur
14Gaiety (183 days)Tenali
15Nagarjuna Kalamandir (175 days)Chilakaluripet
16Neelima (176 days)Macherla
17Mohan (176 days)Cheerala
18Vijaya Durga (177 days)Ongole
19Sai Balaji (179 days)Eluru
20Sri Chitra (175 days)Tanuku
21Chandra GupthaKakinada
22Naga DeviRajahmundry
23Gayatri (176 days)Ananthapuram
24Viswam (177 days)Kadapa
26Dwaraka (201 days)Adhoni
27National (200 days)Nandhyala
29Anwar (183 days)Proddutur
Narasimha Naidu
32Devi 70mm (175 days)Hyderabad
34Annapurna (176 days) (Gross-Rs. 74,66,649)Vijayawada
35Krishna Mahal (178 days)Guntur
39Mini Ambica (275 days)Eluru
40Krishna BalajiTadepalligudem
45Chand (176 days)Proddutur
46Nartaki (175 days) (Gross-Rs. 61,66,640)Nellore
47Mohan (175 days)Kandukuru
48Manohar (175 days)Sulluripeta

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Pokiri's All India Records

We come to the end of another year, but this year is not the same as any other before it. For observant Cinegoers will definitely spot the big deal in Tollywood this year-Pokiri. Wherever one's loyalties lie, no one can deny the massive success of Pokiri both in India and overseas. Pre-Pokiri, the title read 'Prince Mahesh Babu'. Post-Pokiri, however, he has a new title to don in the credits (Sainikudu being the example)-'Superstar Mahesh Babu'. How one hit or miss takes an actor the heights or down to depths is demonstrated by this. But Pokiri was no ordinary hit, and supporters and well-wishers of this actor have other titles to call and adore him with, 'Nizam Ka Nawab' and 'Bezawada Bebbuli' being two of the most popular ones. No ordinary hit can be said many times over, and the statistics will prove the point. It grossed a total of 66.5 crores and a share of 48.28 crores according to the grapevine. Incidentally, director Puri Jagannath gave successful movies before this namely Idiot, Badri, Sivamani. And Mahesh won the Nandi award many times over (Special jury award for the best debut actor-Rajakumarudu(1999), special jury award for best actor-Murari(2001), special jury award for best actor-Takkari Donga(2002), best actor award-Nijam(2003), special jury award for best actor-Arjun(2004) and best actor award-Athadu(2005)), but nothing sky-rocketed their careers like this flick did. It's not only AP where Pokiri created the 'records' that is getting Tollywood hyper. The nation-wide records are creating a furor in the Indian film industry. It has been labeled the Top 2 grosser in India, coming right after Gadar (starring Punjab da Puttar Sunny Deol). It is the first South movie to enter the awe-inspiring Top 5. In simpler words, these movies have created enough profits to feed the entire nation. Another South movie, Rajnikanth's Chandramukhi entered this coveted list last year, but in a humble Number 10 spot, as opposed to the direct hit at Number 2 by our very own Telugu movie. Nowadays movies are earning more overseas, especially those with huge star-casts, and Pokiri makers can take a bow-it is the Top 20th grosser in this area. The producers, needless to say, have been laughing all the way to the banks.
Top Ten Box-office Grossers In India (Domestic only, overseas not included)
S. No.Film NameYearNet Gross In CroresNet Share In CroresVerdict
1Gadar - Ek Prem Katha20017045.1All Time Blockbuster
2Pokiri (Telugu)200666.548.285All Time Blockbuster
3HAHK19946540.65All Time Blockbuster
5DDLJ19955836.25All Time Blockbuster
6Fanaa200653.1329.5Super Hit
7Rang De Basanti200651.0726.25Super Hit
8Raja Hindustani19965032.25All Time Blockbuster
9KKHH19985031All Time Blockbuster
10Chandramukhi (Tamil/Telugu)20055033.25Blockbuster
There are some more interesting facts and records courtesy Pokiri. It is South India's highest grosser ever. It is the first movie to run 50 days in 19 theatres in Hyderabad, and 100 days at 17 theatres. Pokiri hit a remarkable century at 200 centers and 175 days at 63 centers, which is a national record. Due to the undying public demand and repeat audience that the movie commanded, it is the only movie to be screened for 202 days with 5 shows in a day at Jayasham theatre in Tirupathi. Money-wise, everyone was left happy, including the theatre owners. They had little to complain as it is the first movie to gross 1 crore plus in 3 different theatres in Hyderabad (Sudhershan 35mm-1 crore 61 lakhs, Mega 70mm-1 crore 14 lakhs, Vishwanath 70mm) and Prasad's multiplex finished at 98 lakhs. The film collected a gross of Rs. 1,13,98,437, Rs. 96,85,440 and Rs. 40,45,765 at Sharath (Vizag), Alankar (Vijayawada) and Sapthagiri (Vizianagaram) theaters respectively. It also collected a share of Rs. 60 lakhs and Rs. 42,55,701 at Srirama 70mm (Kurnool) and Bhaskar Deluxe (Guntur) theaters respectively. Interestingly, four movies of Mahesh finished 175 days at Sudershan 35mm theatre in Hyderabad-Murari-175, Okkadu-177, Athadu-177, Pokiri-189 and two of his films finished 175 days at Alankar theater in Vijayawada-Okkadu-175 and Pokiri-197. After 76 Cine-crazy years of Tollywood, Telugu audiences show that when they like a movie, they really, really like it. After all, 48.28 crores is not a small sum. Tamil and Hindi legends who've given many super successes in their lifetime like Rajnikanth and Amitabh Bachchan acknowledged the successful run that Pokiri had at the BO. In fact, 'Superhit Magazine' even quoted Shah Rukh a.k.a. 'King' Khan, saying "Shahrukh Khan was amazed at Mahesh's box-office stamina in South India and Overseas." Didn't really expect southie-based competition, did you, SRK? Well, at best Pokiri made the who's who of Indian film land wake up to Telugu cinema. There might have been good movies, but none that made so much moolah. Money talks, and everyone is all ears. Presently, Pokiri is running towards 365 days in Bhageeratha dts theatre in Kurnool, and after the movie 'Premabhishekam', this is the only one with such a record. Keep going, Tollywood. With the insatiable appetite that Telugu folks have for good and entertaining cinema, this can only be the beginning.

Venkatesh films direct highest run details

Film NameCity-TheatreNo. of days screened (4 shows)
Kaliyuga PandavuluKakinada–Geeth A/c99 days
Brahma RudruluRajahmundry72 days
AjeyuduVishakapatnam–Rajkamal40 days
Bharathamlo ArjunuduGuntur50 days
ThrimoorthuluGuntur–Vijaya50 days
Vijetha VikramVijayawada-Shailaja21 days
Srinivasa KalyanamVishakapatnam-Alankar78 days
Ratkha ThilakamGuntur–Naaz Apsara A/c110 days
Brahma PuthruduTenali–Alankar111 days
Swarna KamalamKakinada-Geeth56 days
VaarasudochaaduHyderabad–Devi 70mm A/c57 days
PremaHyderabad–Shanthi A/c56 days
Ontari PoraatamHyderabad–Sandhya 70mm A/c50 days
Dhruva NakshathramHyderabad–Shanthi A/c120 days
Two Town RowdySrikakulam–Surya Mahal52 days
Aggi RamuduGuntur–Krishna Mahal50 days
Bobbili RajaHyderabad–Sudarshan 70mm A/c210 days
ShatruvuVijayawada–Annapurna A/c72 days
Coolie No. 1Guntur–Venkata Krishna112 days
Surya IPSVishakapatnam–Sangam A/c57 days
Kshana KshanamVishakapatnam–Melody A/c121 days
ChantiKurnool-Anand175 days
China RayuduHyderabad–Odeon 70mm A/c63 days
SundarakandaVijayawada–Annapurna A/c126 days
Kondapalli RajaVijayawada–Annapurna A/c101 days
AbbayigaruThadepalligudem–Sesh Mahal100 days
Super PoliceGuntur–Venkata Krishna50 days
Muddula PriyuduGuntur–Venkata Krishna51 days
Pokiri RajaGuntur–Venkata Krishna70 days
Dharma ChakramVishakapatnam–Jyothi A/c104 days
Sahasaveerudu-Sagara KanyaVishakapatnam-Melody A/c111 days
Intlo Illalu – Vantintlo PriyuraluKadapa–Taahar127 days
Sarada BulloduVishakapatnam–Jyothi A/c56 days
Pavithra BandhamVishakapatnam–Geeth A/c110 days
ChinnabbaayiEluru–Satyanarayana40 days
Preminchukundam RaaAnantapur–Ganga A/c150 days
Pelli ChesukundaamBhimavaram–Venkatrama127 days
Surya VamshamVijayawada–Annapurna A/c127 days
GaneshVijayawada–Alankar A/c104 days
Premante IdheraaVijayawada–Alankar A/c133 days
RajaPitapuram–Shiva Durga182 days
SeenuNandyal–Ramnath84 days
Kalisundaam RaaNandyal–Rama220 days
Jayam ManaderaaEluru–Mini Satyanarayana118 days
Devi PuthruduVijayawada–Alankar A/c134 days
Prematho RaaVishakapatnam–Jyothi A/c72 days
Nuvvu Naaku NachavMachilipatnam–Krishnakishore176 days
VasuVijayawada–Apsara A/c93 days
GeminiKakinada51 days
VasanthamVijayawada–Annapurna A/c126 days
MalleshwariVijayawada–Apsara A/c112 days
GharshanaHyderabad–Sudarshan 70mm A/c105 days
SankraanthiThaatipaaka-Padmapriya130 days
Subhash Chandra BoseHyderabad-Odeon 70mm37 days