Victory Ventakesh's new movie "Shadow" started off on a low note at the US box office.
"Shadow", an out-and-out action movie, has been thrashed by film critics for its wafer-thin storyline and lack of substance. After the box office dud "Shakti", director Meher Ramesh's "Shadow" was much talked about before its release, thanks to its star cast and the grand scale in which the movie was made.
"Shadow" reportedly opened to a good start in Andhra Pradesh. According to the film's producer Paruchuri Prasad, the film received the biggest opening in Venkatesh's career. He also stated that its opening day collections were huge.
Meher Ramesh too expressed his happiness over the bumper opening the movie received in the AP state. "Shadow Biggest opening in Victory Venkatesh's career, All Audiences Enjoying the Fights,comedy,sentiment&Songs done by him.MSN comedy@peaks," the director tweeted.
Even as there are reports that "Shadow" started off with a bang in India, the movie seems have had a slow start in the United States. According to the latest buzz, "Shadow" has collected a total of ₹12.49 lakh in the first two days at the US box office.
"Telugu film #Shadow has fetched a shockingly low start in USA: Thu $17,465, Fri $ 5,503. Total: $ 22,968 [₹12.49 lacs]," tweeted trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh.
It has to be remembered that Venkatesh's previous release "Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu" (SVSC) with Mahesh Babu opened to a grand response in the US. The film's opening day collections were exceptionally good. SVSC, a family drama, reportedly fetched $205,347 on its opening day.
The expectations for "Shadow" were quite high as Venkatesh was featured in an action entertainrer after a long gap. But the movie failed to impress the critics as well as moviegoers.
"Shadow" is a revenge story, where the hero takes the identity of shadow to kill mafia don Nana Bhai (Aditya Pancholi) and his gang for murdering his family. Taapsee Pannu plays the female lead. Comedian M S Narayana appears as a post mortem specialist. The film's score is composed by S. Thaman.