Mahesh Babu’s latest film “Bharat Ane Nenu” was able to gross Rs.55 crore worldwide and apparently failed to surpass the record non-Bahubali Telugu film’s opening collections set by Pawan Kalyan’s “Agnyathavasi” at Rs.60 crore on its opening day.
Bharat Ane Nenu, revolving around politics with Mahesh Babu donning the role of chief minister, was sold for theatrical release at a whopping Rs.100 crore and released on Friday in 2,000 screens.
Andhra boxoffice.co has reported that the film has collected Rs 31.9 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Telugu speaking states and this is the highest opening day box office collections for any Mahesh Babu-starrer so far. His last film ‘Spyder’ in Telugu and Tamil grossed a poor Rs.64 lakh on its opening day though it went on to cross Rs.100 crore.
According to Trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted, “#Superstar @urstrulyMahesh’s #BharatAneNenu has grossed an approximate Rs. 55 Crs at the WW Box Office on Day 1.. (Premieres + Day 1) Outstanding Opening.”
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh said the film’s Australia collections are remarkable. “Telugu biggie #BharatAneNenu sets Australia BO on (fire). WHAT.A.START… Mahesh Babu proves his stamina and star pull, while #BharatAneNenu proves its mettle at the ticket window… Fri A$ 168,194 [Rs. 85.45 lakhs] / 35 locations.Well begun is half done… #BAN.”
The individual earnings from the US market are still awaited but Mahesh Babu has massive following there. Adarsh had predicted that a “Tsunami is about to unleash at USA BO tomorrow… Mahesh Babu’s keenly-anticipated Telugu film #BharatAneNenu is expected to fetch a MIND-BOGGLING START from its premiere screenings in USA… Countdown has begun… Will it set new benchmarks?”
However, the film failed to match or surpass the past non-Bahubali record set by Pawan Kalyan’s film “Agnyathavasi” with a record collections at Rs.60,20 crore on its opening day.
Otherwise, “Bharat Ane Nenu” revolves around politics though it moves slightly away from the typical political films. The lead character in the film becomes the chief minister of his state after returning from abroad but fails to curtail corruption and disruptive political maneouvres. He decides to make every citizen follow rules and become accountabile.
The female lead role was played by Kiara Advani, who played in Hindi film “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” and this is her debut film in South India. Prakash Raj played the role of the antagonist. Produced by DVV Danayya, the film was directed by Siva Koratala. This is second film by Mahesh Babu with Koratala after the success of “Srimanthudu” last year.