That’s Not What The Script Says: Poor Scripts Lead To Tollywood Failure Series After ‘Pushpa’, ‘RRR’
By Mohammad Shafiq
Hyderabad, May 3 (IANS): Big stars, eminent directors and big budgets can’t guarantee a movie’s success and that was proven by a series of failures in Tollywood after the smash hit of ‘Pushpa’.
Over the past four months, several highly anticipated films have hit the screens, but except for SS Rajamouli’s “RRR” starring Junior NTR and Ram Charan, others have bombed at the box office or registered moderate success.
Chiranjeevi, arguably Tollywood’s biggest name, couldn’t guarantee a big opening for ‘Acharya’.
Starring megastar Chiranjeevi in the lead and his son Ram Charan in an extended cameo, the Koratala Siva-directed film was released on April 29 to a lukewarm response at the box office. Negative reviews saw a huge drop in the film’s collection over the first four days.
It disappointed even in the Telugu States. In Andhra Pradesh, it has opened up to an increase in ticket prices for the first week in line with the state government’s policy for big budget films. However, Acharya’s performance is so poor that trade analysts believe its activity could end this week.
Despite the hype surrounding the film due to the presence of the father-son duo and a large number of their fans who thronged to theaters the first weekend, it failed to live up to expectations. . ‘Acharya’ made a huge budget of Rs 140 crore grossed Rs 63.5 crore worldwide in its first weekend.
Those who follow Tollywood say Acharya could become one of the biggest disasters of 2022.
A cliché story and a dated narrative without effective emotions resulted in the huge disappointment of Chiranjeevi fans who expected a lot from this first collaboration between the megastar and the successful director Koratala Siva.
It was the second famous father-son duo to fail at the box office. Earlier this year, ‘Bangarraju’ with Nagarjuna and his son Naga Chaitanya was a disappointment. While their fans were thrilled to see them onscreen together, that couldn’t save the script-based film done and dusted from supernatural drama. Kalyan Krishna did this as a sequel to ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ (2016) which featured Nagarjuna in a dual role and was commercially successful.
‘Bangarraju’ could only fetch Rs 60 crore worldwide despite the hype surrounding the father-son duo.
Another big disaster this year is “Radhe Shyam” with famous celebrity Baahubali Prabhas in the lead. The multilingual period romance drama fell short of high expectations.
This highly anticipated movie produced on a budget of a whopping Rs 350 crore could earn Rs 144 crore worldwide across all languages when it ends its theatrical release.
Starring Prabhas as a world-renowned palmist, ‘Radhe Shyam’ in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil hit screens on March 11. Despite stunning visuals, wide open spaces, visual effects, romance, and great music, the story film is cliché.
“Bheemla Nayak” starring Pawan Kalyan and Daggubati Rana, famous for “Baahubali”, was another highly anticipated movie hitting screens in February.
It was a Telugu remake of ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ (2020), a Malayalam language action thriller. Unlike ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’, which was about a clash of egos between two men, it was Pawan Kalyan who dominated ‘Bheemla Nayak’. Rana’s role was downplayed to allow the power star, as Chiranjeevi’s brother is popularly known in film circles, to take center stage.
Bheemla Nayak has made a business of Rs 158.5 crore globally.
The romantic comedy ‘DJ Tillu’ with young actor Siddhu Jonnalagadda and Neha Shetty in the lead also did average business.
Lead actor Ravi Teja with “Khiladi” turned out to be a flop. Released in theaters with a Hindi dubbed version on February 11, this film, written and directed by Ramesh Varma, could earn Rs 23.5 crore worldwide, although the film’s budget was estimated at Rs 40 crore.
Industry analysts say that the poor script is the main reason behind the explosion of many Telugu movies at the box office after the big success of ‘Pushpa’. “The strength of the script makes a film successful. If someone comes up with a loose and uninteresting script, the film automatically fails. No matter how big a star and how good a director, it all depends on the strength of the script. . No one can save a movie if the script is bad,” says film analyst Prabhu.
He believes that a film can only be successful if the script seats the audience in theaters without losing their attention.
The film critic adds, however, that a subject chosen by a filmmaker is not the whole story. “Whatever line you take, there must be interesting scenes. 10 to 15 interesting scenes elevate a film. Lack of force in the scenes is the main cause of failure. There is no other reasons because the standards of achievement are very high, wonderful and far ahead,” he said.
The expert says that you can’t blame the artists for the failure of a film because all the stars are established artists. It all depends on the storyline and the character an artist gets.
“We can’t blame the artists. The actor is like water taking the shape of a vessel. It all depends on the ability of the director, how he best shapes the character and how he sparks interest in the character at best,” he said.
According to Prabhu, even ‘Pushpa’ didn’t have a good script, but the way Allu Arjun instilled strength, density of character, a wild and tough character and his mannerism helped. “This film brought the character of the ferryman to light and glorified him. It shows that the film works well even if the bad character is portrayed in an intensive and interesting way,” he added.