Two much-awaited films of the year namely Vikram Vedha and Ponniyin Selvan were released on 30th September 2022. Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan starrer clashed with Mani Ratnam’s epic drama at the box office. While Pushkar Gayathri’s action thriller saw a downfall at the ticket window, PS 1 made immense business.
Despite receiving positive reviews Tamil remake Vikram Vedha is struggling to earn at the box office since day one. Completing 10 days in theaters, the action thriller has earned Rs. 69.04 crores as a domestic collection. On the other hand, Mani Ratnam’s historical period drama has earned 350 crores in the worldwide collection. It is alleged that Vikram Vedha’s business has been impacted by Ponniyin Selvan.
The director duo Pushkar Gayathri replied to claims, “Actually not. I think our market is big enough to handle two or three films at the same time because there are just that many people who come and watch the cinema. So, if they want to watch it, they will watch it. If not today, then tomorrow. I don’t think the presence of another big film is going to hurt either one of the movies majorly. I think it is not right to pit movies against each other. We all love the cinema.”
Vikram Vedha is a Hindi remake of the Tamil movie of the same name. The original film featured R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupati in the lead role. The 2017 film was directed by duo Pushkar Gayathri who is again directing the Hindi version. The lead cast, R Madhavan who played Vikram is replaced by Saif Ali Khan whereas Hrithik Roshan superseded Vijay Sethupathi as Vedha. Helmed by the duo Pushkar-Gayathri the action crime film is produced by Chakravarthy Ramachandra, Bhushan Kumar, S. Sashikanth, and Vivek Agrawal. The film opened in theaters on September 30, 2022.
Ponniyin Selvan I is an official adaptation of a historical fiction novel in the same name. Ponniyin Selvan novel is written by Kalki Krishnamurthy in Tamil. The magnum opus is directed by Mani Ratnam and features an ensemble cast of Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, and Aishwarya Lekshmi, among others. It is an epic period action pan-India film to be released in multiple languages including Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. Part one of the movie is set for worldwide release on September 30. Helmed by Mani Ratnam the film is produced under the banners of Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions.
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