Brand Rajinikanth took a beating with Kaala, which ended up as big disaster at box office. This is third consecutive big flop for Rajinikanth in Telugu. Kaala is heading for bigger flop than Lingaa and Kaala with mediocre show at the ticket windows. Poor show of Kaala has shocked the buyers of Rajini’s magnum opus 2.0.
Telugu dubbing rights of Shankar-Rajini’s film have been bought for a whopping Rs. 80 crore. Asian Films Sunil and Suresh Babu bet big on 2.0 as Shankar-Rajini previous associations were sensational hits in Telugu too. However, Rajinikanth is not able to deliver another hit post Robo and besides that release of 2.0 is delayed by a year.
As per unconfirmed reports, 2.0 will hit the screens in next April. Meanwhile, Rajinikanth’s market came crashing down in Telugu states leaving 2.0 Telugu distributors in a spot of bother. As per grapevine, Telugu distributors of 2.0 who paid Rs. 20 crore in advance have asked for Rs. 8 crore back as the project has been indefinitely postponed.
Lyca Productions reportedly threatened to cancel entire deal if they couldn’t wait. On the other hand, Dil Raju is keen on bagging 2.0 Telugu rights as per trade sources. Despite Rajini’s recent track record, 2.0 is bound to take the box office by storm given the project’s magnitude and a superstar director like Shankar at the helm.
So the poor response for Kaala need not be a worrying factor for this mega budget visual splendor.