More screens were available for Karthikeya 2 as cinema halls decided to take down big-starrers Laal Singh Chadda and Rakshabandhan off the screens within the first week of their release with their boycott calls being a success. The infamous Bollywood coterie had tried their best to sabotage this film but failed miserably.
The movie set out to establish the Hindu deity, Bhagwan Krishna, as an integral part of Bharat’s history and not just mythology peddled by the communist education system. Due to the pro-Hindu narrative of the movie, there were greater efforts to thwart it and hence the movie was given only some 50 odd theatres to open. However, with both the major releases of August 11 being taken off the screens, more screens were available for Karthikeya 2. The movie is now successfully running on over 1000 screens across the country and has already covered expenses and started making profits.
Karthikeya 2 has proved to be the only movie pocketing a profitable collection out of the three films released last week. Against a budget of 180 crores, Laal Singh Chaddha touched only the 50 crores mark a week after its release. Akshay Kumar’s Rakshabandhan, being boycotted for its Hinduphobic writer Kanika Dhillon, could only collect a net of 37.50 crores against its budget of 70 crores.
Challenging these highly promoted films, Karthikeya 2 clocked in Rs 60 crore of collection, which is over twice its budget. Bharatiyas have given their verdict and chosen dharma over those with a reputation for insulting dharma.
Hinduphobic media intolerant towards Krishna references
The glorification of Bhagwan Krishna in Karthikeya 2 is not sitting well with the liberal cabal who are used to spitting venom on every aspect of Hindu Dharma. In an outrageous article by India Today, writer Grace Cyril states that there are “too much Sri Krishna references” in the movie, which discourages audiences from hitting the theatres. Her negative review repents that the “Hinduism fervour” may make the Telugu film a hit. The headline, as well as the writer’s anti-Hindu agenda, led to public outrage.
In the face of public wrath, the media house known for giving a platform to Hindu-hating journalists was compelled to change the title of their bigoted article.
Now here’s a quick review of the exhilarating drama
All the leading artists were outstanding in their roles. With their convincing performances, they could have the audience glued to their chairs until the movie’s end. Nikhil Siddhartha, as Dr Karthikeya “Karthik” Kumaraswamy, deserves all the praises. Anupam Kher is a seasoned actor who has proved his mettle again as Dhanvanthri Vedpathak. There was a 10-minutes-scene around Kher, which deserves a fan base of its own.
The pace of the movie was a little uneven, and the cinematography could have been better. However, the art direction in the film makes up for these minute misses. Background scores play a vital role in South cinema, and Karthikeya 2 is no different. The songs, along with the BGM keep the audience engaged. The storyline is the star of the show, and this is what makes Karthikeya 2 different from any run-of-the-mill Bollywood film.
Bollywood films revolve around a star and, in most cases, has no story, unless it’s a copy from Hollywood or down south. Bharatiya audiences were craving a good storyline, a thirst this Telugu masterpiece quenches. The movie, however, is not free of the usual overbearing comedy scenes, which are typical of South Indian films but can fall flat on an audience of world cinema.
My final thoughts on this film are that one must watch it in a theatre as it has a lot of visual treats to offer. Also, supporting films like these will encourage makers to experiment with pro-Hindu Dharma stories. This is a win-win for the makers as well as the viewers.