The euphoria and the aggressive stand taken by Prabhas’ fans in the South may see Saaho through to being a moderate success.
But in the North for the Hindi version of Saaho, the drop in boxoffice collections is steep enough to be considered disastrous.
While distributors continue to believe the film is a pan-India blockbuster,exhibitors have a completely different story to tell.
Says one exhibitor from Delhi, “The response initially was superb. But on the first day itself audiences rejected the plot as convoluted. Monday saw a steep drop and we expect a further fall in the coming days.”
In Patna ,Bihar there is a drop in attendance of 30 percent.
Says exhibitor Suman Sinha, “Audiences flocked to see Prabhas after Baahubali. But the bubble has burst.A bad product cannot be pushed into the public’s face.”
The exhibitors say Saaho will be average in the Hindi belt.
In the South sources see a decline post-weekend.
Here comes a shocker from reliable source: “They will lose around 8-10 crores in Nizam and Vizag. In the South Prabhas’ fan clubs will go all-out to make sure the film comes out looking like a blockbuster.But in the North, it has been proven that lightening doesn’t strike the same place twice.A Baahubali happens only once.”
While reports in the South for Saaho are somewhat positive, signs of a decline are already setting in.
In the meanwhile the Saaho director Sujeeth has been strictly advised by the producers to not interact with the press as the film is embroiled in a serious plagiarism controversy after French director Jerome Salle pointed out the similarities between Saaho and Salle’s Largo Winch.