The collections of Ram Charan Teja-Priyanka Chopra starrer Thoofan" (the Telugu version of "Zanjeer") have dropped in the last couple of days.
"Thoofan" opened to an impressive start in Andhra Pradesh, raking in a total of ₹8.14 crore on the first day of its release. Of the ₹10 crore, distributors' share is ₹6.5 crore, according to trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh.
The film was expected to gross better collections during the first weekend. But its business failed to pick up on the second day of its release. The film has also failed to rake in good revenue from overseas markets, due to mixed but mostly negative reviews.
"Thoofan", which was released on 6 September, earned a total of $ 3,93,146 (₹2.56 crore) in its opening weekend at the US box office. "#Thoofan, the Telugu version of #Zanjeer, *opening weekend total* is $ 393,146 [Rs. 2.56 crores]," Taran tweeted.
The Hindi version - "Zanjeer" - is also a complete disaster in India as well as overseas markets. The other Hindi release "Shuddh Desi Romance" has taken over "Zanjeer" and has emerged as a clear winner. The action drama flick, which is reportedly made on a budget of ₹60 crore is unlikely to recover its production cost, even after adding up the total collections from both Hindi and Telugu versions.
Ram Charan made his debut in Hindi with "Zanjeer", a remake of Amitabh Bachchan's 1970s film of the same name. Chiranjeevi's son, who is one of the most sought-after actors in Telugu cinema, has failed to impress the Bollywood audience.
"Zanjeer" is about a righteous cop who takes on the oil mafia headed by Rana (Prakash Raj). The Telugu version is much like "Zanjeer" with lead pair - Ram Charan and Priyanka - reprising their roles.
"Thoofan" has an added presence of Telugu actor Srihari playing the role of Sher Khan (played by Sanjay Dutt in the original). According to critics, Srihari is the only saving grace in the film. The rest of the cast includes Tanikella Bharani and Mahie Gill in forgettable roles.