While Telugu population is the largest in the US, the movie-craze is equally resonating there making Mahesh Babu-starrer film “Srimanthudu” tickets going for the highest song, a whopping $15,000 a ticket. It amounts to virtually a whole day earnings by a multiplex in India at Rs.10 lakhs.
Mahesh Babu films have been a big craze among the rich Telugus living in the US but the film is being released only in 150 screens, making the tickets’ price hit the roof.
Befitting his image as Prince, the film “Srimanthudu” portrays the story of a rich billionaire, bringing back the memories of similar film by Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) with the same name four five decades ago. But this time the hero adopts a village to bring some change but faces tough resistence from the vested interests of the village head, among others.
Directed by Koratala Siva and produced jointly by Y. Naveen, Y. Ravi Shankar and C. V. Mohan for Mythri Movie Makers, and Mahesh Babu reportedly did not take money to act in the film but turned into a producer-partner himself.
Besides Mahesh Babu, Shruti Haasan is playing the female lead while Jagapati Babu will be in the role of a villain. Rajendra Prasad, Sampath Raj, Brahmanandam, Sukanya and Harish Uthaman are other key actors in the film.
‘Srimanthandu’ trailer, released on Youtube on July 18, has since recorded more than 1,275,150 viewes so far, making it the second biggest high-profile movie of the year after ‘Bahubali’ in Telugu film industry in 2015.
After his ‘Murari’ film a decade ago and ‘Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Mahesh Babu will be seen in a real rural-centric film that is reportedly packed with action, drama and dance this time and the audio was launched at a function at Shilpakala Vedika in Hyderabad last month.
At a Glance:
Director : Koratala Siva
Music : Devi Sri Prasad
Banner : Mythri Movie Makers & G Mahesh Babu Entertainment Pvt Ltd
Producer : Mahesh Babu, Y.Naveen, Y.Ravi, Mohan
Release Date: August 7, 2015.