When prodded about the thoughts he got after watching the final output, Nag stated that the film is shown to him very recently and that’s why he couldn’t suggest any changes. This is indirectly giving a message that there are portions in the film which Nagarjuna didn’t like. And that is worrying trade circles now.
With Nani’s presence, the film has done a pre-release business of 38+ crores in Telugu states alone. It has to become a solid hit to recover such an enormous share. Only positive reviews, hyped word of mouth will generate huge revenues for the movie. But if Nagarjuna is expressing his displeasure this way, as a chance is not given to him to re-edit or reshoot, it is going to affect the box office prospects.
At the same time, as a seasoned filmmaker like Ashwini Dutt has sold the whole film to Bollywood’s distribution and production giant ViaCom18, doubts are there if the film has got bombed. If we look at Tollywood’s track record, all the films that are sold to such big companies ended up as duds. Or, our makers are intelligently selling their films to such companies if they know that the result is going to backfire.
So what should we read for Devadas?