It is not official, and it cannot be. Since theatres are contractually obligated to run a certain number of shows per day of Ram Setu and Thank God, no one is going to come out officially to say that the Kannada blockbuster Kantara dubbed in Hindi has replaced the other two Diwali releases quietly in theatres.
But that is exactly what has happened in several centres.There were murmurs of enhanced shows , and also planted stories of how Kantara is not “Hindu enough” to discredit the sensational hit.
But the elephant marches on stomping on the lesser creatures.
A leading film distributor in Bihar shares, “It is true . The number of shows for Kantara are being quietly increased cancelling out shows of Ram Setu and Thank God.”
The dubbed Hindi version of Kantara has done a business of Rs 35 crores in three weeks. This , mind it, is in addition to the 200-plus crores that it has reaped in the original Kannada language.