This week releases like "Kanchana 2" and "Ok Kanmani" were affected by bandh on Saturday, 18 April in Karnataka. As a result, the movies failed to make good business as the films had only evening shows.
On the release day, "Kanchana 2", and "Ok Kanmani" had 82 and 67 shows in Bengaluru respectively. The movie had registered 75% and 65% occupancies on the opening day with the morning and evening shows running into houseful in key theatres.
However, its good run was halted on Saturday following the bandh called by pro-Kannada groups for Tamil Nadu's opposition to the construction of the Meekedatu Drinking Water Project in the Cauvery basin. Malls and theatres supported the bandh and decided not to screen any show till the evening six. It was the same in Mysuru but other parts of the state there were reports of films having normal day shows.
We have to note that it was not just Tamil movies but all the films from different languages were affected by the bandh including Kannada films. "Kanchana 2" and "Ok Kanmani" had around 25 shows on the second day in Bengaluru.
However, Sunday looks to be great for both the Tamil movies as there is a huge demand for the tickets. While "Ok Kanmani" is having close to 80 shows and expected to register 95% occupancy on the third day, "Kanchana 2" screen count has crossed 100 and expected to register 65% occupancy.
"Ok Kanmani is being distributed by Nandhini Entertainment in Karnataka and "Kanchana 2" is being distributed by leading Kannada producer Ramu on the banner Ramu Films.
"Kanchana 2" is a horror-thriller directed and starred by Raghava Lawrence. Taapsee Pannu is the female lead in the film produced by Bellamkonda Suresh. Whereas "Ok Kanmani" features Dulquer Salman and Nithya Menen in the leads and it is a romantic entertainer.