Ramya's Nagarahavu was released on Friday, October 14, and has opened to mixed reviews. The Kannada movie made a decent collection on its first day, thereby taking a toll on the collection of Nikhil Kumar's Jaguar and Puneeth Rajkumar's Dodmane Huduga.
Nagarahavu was released in over 140 screens in Karnataka. The movie had generated a lot of buzz for multiple factors and mainly because of two reasons – it is a comeback flick of Ramya and the second reason is late Vishnvuardhan's portion has been created through the digital head-replacement technology.
These factors ensured a good opening for the Kannada film. Interestingly, a movie featuring big names gets earth-shattering response in Bengaluru and average response in other centres. But in case of Nagarahavu, it is the vice-versa. The Ramya-starrer has done better in other places than in the Garden City, say some reports.
The early estimates coming from trade experts say that Nagarahavu has crossed over Rs 1.25 crore on the opening day at the Karnataka box office. The movie has been dubbed into Tamil and Telugu. Unfortunately, it has not seen the light of the day in Tamil Nadu over Cauvery row, while the Tollywood version has not lived up to the expectations.
Nonetheless, the Ramya-starrer has taken a minor toll on the collections of other recent big releases like Jaguar, Dodmane Huduga, Idolle Ramayana and Dana Kayonu.
Nagarahavu should hold well in the days to come in order to rake in profits for the distributors. Producer Sajid Qureshi has sold the Kannada theatrical rights for over Rs 35 crore.
Nagarahavu is a fantasy movie, written and directed by Kodi Ramakrishna of Telugu blockbuster Arundhati fame. The movie is rich in graphics and using the cutting-edge technology the makers have brought late Vishnuvardhan back to life on-screen. Diganth plays the male lead in the film, which also has Saikumar, Rajesh Vivek, Ravi Kale and others in the cast.