The first part NTR Kathanayakudu will be released on 9 January, while the second part NTR Mahaanayakakudu will be in theatres on 24 January. Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is set to be released on 25 January 2019
Director Krish's NTR biopic and Manikarnika to clash at the box office in January 2019
Mumbai - 05 Oct 2018 18:17 IST
Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is set to be released on 25 January 2019. It’s not the only big film lined up that week.
Manikarnika will not only compete with Hrithik Rosha-starrer Super 30, Emraan Hashmi’s Cheat India, but also director Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi aka Krish's Telugu film on NTR, former actor-politician NT Rama Rao. The important thing to note is that Krish is also the director of Manikarnika.
The first part NTR Kathanayakudu will be released on 9 January, while the second part NTR Mahaanayakakudu will be in theatres on 24 January.
According to the buzz, producers of Manikarnika have been taken by surprise. NTR is primarily a Telugu film and is likely to have a limited release in the Hindi belt.
A source close to Manikarnika informed, “There perhaps wouldn’t be too many screens for the Hindi version of NTR, but it comes as a surprise that Krish is going to compete with himself. What’s more shocking is that two days after the Manikarnika teaser was released, Krish has made this big announcement.”
Manikarnika has faced multiple delays. A controversy erupted after Krish was said to have been sidelined as Ranaut then shot a few portions of the film herself. Ranaut had admitted to shooting a few portions, but in the trailer only Krish enjoys the solo credit as director.
What was initially perceived to be a rumour, appears to be true as not all seems to be well with Krish and Ranaut. Apparently, one of the reasons why Manikarnika was delayed is because Krish had committed dates to the NTR biopic.
“The team was not happy with the way things were shot early. Many of the portions had to be reshot. Krish didn't have dates as he was to begin filming the NTR biopic. The producers looked for two-three options, but nothing worked out. It was then that Kangana had requested the producers that if they wanted, she could direct the film. While most actors and directors don't like clashing their own movies, it is very strange and unprofessional of Krish to have taken this route,” said the source.
While it is strange, it may be recalled that there has been an occasion when two of a director's films competed at the box office in the same week. In 2005, director Priyadarshan had competed with himself as his Salman Khan-starrer Kyon Ki clashed with his Akshay Kumar-starrer Garam Masala. The latter had released a day earlier on 3 November.