Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s latest release, Shaakuntalam, failed to catch the eye at the box office.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s star Shaakuntalam failed miserably at the box office. Producer Dil Raju reportedly suffered huge losses.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s latest album, Shaakuntalam, failed to live up to her expectations and failed to get noticed at the box office. The film reportedly did the lifetime business of just Rs 7 crores at the box office. And as a result, it is now said that the makers of the film will have to suffer huge losses.
According to a report in Great Andhra.com, Shaakuntalam producer Dil Raju lost Rs 22 crore due to the film’s box office failure. The report claims that this loss was actually his share of the business. This means that everything he gained from recent hits like Dasara and Balagam was lost with Shaakuntalam.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s star was reportedly made on a budget of around Rs 65 crores. Before its theatrical release, it was sold to a streaming giant for Rs 35 crore, according to media reports. Producer Dil Raju reportedly demanded Rs 15 crore from satellite companies. However, he was unable to close the deal.
Written and directed by Gunasekhar, Shaakuntalam is a mythological drama based on Shaakuntala folklore played by Samantha Ruth Prabhu. Besides her, it also featured Dev Mohan in the lead. News18 Showsha gave the film a 2-star rating and wrote, “Two things that Shaakuntalam failed were the dialogue and the visual effects. After watching the movie in Hindi, the dialogues were very bookish, leaving even people who have watched epics like Ramayana and Mahabharat on TV a bit confused. The film tried to go massively with the visuals but it was disappointing. The film was in 3D but apart from two or three scenes, the film did not need a 3D approach.”
Meanwhile, Shaakuntalam’s box office failure also drew a strong reaction from veteran Telugu producer-director Chittibabu. In a recent interview with Filmy Looks, the producer slammed Samantha Ruth Prabhu and claimed the actress’ career as a “star heroine” was now over. He went on to say that Samantha only used “cheap tactics” to promote her films.
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