Megastar Chiranjeevi's Sankranthi’s release film Waltair Veerayya has started giving tough time to Nandamuri Balakrishna's Veera Simha Reddy at the box office.
While the latter closed with whopping Rs 33.6 crore on day one (Thursday), it couldn’t maintain its opening day collection because of the tough competition from Waltair Veerayya on day two and ended up collecting just Rs 8.6 crore. The action-drama Waltair Veerayya earned Rs 30 crore on the day of its release. At the US box office, Waltair Veerayya is expected to clock the prestigious $1 million-mark by Saturday, while Veera Simha Reddy also took a sensational start in the most lucrative overseas market.
Veera Simha Reddy
"Director Gopichandh Malineni’s Veera Simha Reddy, starring Balakrishna, Honey Rose and Shruti Haasan, is a formulaic action entertainer with a heavy dose of action. The story, however, has nothing new to offer," said India Today's review. Fresh from his smashing success of Akhanda, Balakrishna's dual role in Veera Simha Reddy was just the kind of movie his fans would have liked for Sankranthi, but for general audience the gratuitous violence and lack of hit tunes from S S Thaman got jarring.
While a lot more was expected from director Gopichand Malineni after his Krack, this movie is said to have treaded the safe path. The film has 6.4 stars on IMDb.
"Chiranjeevi's role in the film is reminiscent of his earlier films - massy, stylish, comical and full of action. Waltair Veerayya also stars Ravi Teja and Shruti Haasan, and is directed by Bobby Kolli. Chiru's fans are in for a treat," said India Today's review. The film has a 7.2 rating on IMDb and Ravi Teja's cameo is being hailed even though the movie's graph takes a sharp dip in second half after a fabulous interval bang.
As per tweets, in Andhra Pradesh, more screens are being given to Waltair Veerayya. Interestingly, both the movies have the same producer, Mythri Movie Makers, who didn't balk at the prospect of a mega Chiranjeevi-Balakrishna box office clash in Sankranthi after many years.
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