The last two years saw the Hindi film industry not being able to create much stir at the box office barring a few films like Sooryavanshi and Gangubai Kathiawadi that helped it get back on its feet post the pandemic. Cut to the present, the Hindi versions of pan-Indian films like KGF: Chapter 2 and RRR are the ones breaking box office records and bringing in huge footfalls.
The Hindi version of KGF: Chapter 2 performed exceptionally well over the weekend and has made it to the top of the most-earning weekend list, a record previously held by Bahubali – The Conclusion (127 crore nett). According to a report in BOI, the Hindi version of the Yash-starrer collected a record Rs 190 crore (nett) total over the first four days.
Directed by Prashanth Neel, KGF Chapter 2 is the sequel to the filmmaker’s 2018 blockbuster KGF Chapter 1. The first instalment witnessed the biggest opening in the history of the Kannada film industry. Like its predecessor, the pan-Indian film was released in five languages – Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi.
According to a report in Box Office India, the Hindi version of RRR, which entered its fourth week of running in the theatres, has become the highest-grossing film in Hindi post the pandemic. Despite strong competition from KGF 2, the film picked up almost Rs 10 crore (nett) taking its overall total to Rs 251 crore (nett). The film has crossed Sooryavanshi‘s collections in all circuits (outside South) except Mumbai. But it is likely to take a lead in Mumbai too in a few days as it is headed for a Rs 90 crore (nett) approximate total in the circuit.
RRR is a pan-Indian period drama, which narrates a fictional account of freedom fighters Alluri Sitaramaraju and Komaram Bheem, essayed by Ram Charan and Junior NTR, respectively. The film features a star-studded cast drawn from several film industries, including Hindi actors Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn, Irish actor Alison Doody, Shriya Saran, Ray Stevenson, and Olivia Morris, among others.
Meanwhile, Vijay‘s Beast was also released in Hindi as Raw but it was able to earn only around Rs 1.75 crore (nett) over five days. Vijay’s last release, Master, which raked in around Rs 4 crore (nett) in Hindi, fared better at the box office.
Written and directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, Beast is produced by Sun Pictures. The mall-invasion thriller features Vijay as a RAW agent, alongside actors Pooja Hegde, Shine Tom Chacko, Redin Kingsley, Aparna Das, Yogi Babu, VTV Ganesh, Ankur Ajit Vikal, Liliput Faruqui, and filmmaker Selvaraghavan.