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R Chandru’s film Kabzaa, starring Upendra, Shriya Saran and Kichcha Sudeep released in theatres on Friday. Despite being a multi-starrer movie, the film has not been able to collect the expected numbers on the box office, it earned only Rs. 11.01 crore on its first day. The movie has earned Rs. 7.5 crores in Kannada language and Rs. 20 to 25 lakhs in Hindi.
Kabzaa released alongside two Hindi films Chatterjee vs Norway and Zwigato which has Rani Mukherjee and Kapil Sharma in lead roles respectively. It was released in 1600 screens which are higher than both the film. It is also facing competition with the Tu Jhuthi Mai Makkar starring Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor which released on March 8.
The film stars Prakash Raj, Kabir Duhan Singh, Jagapathi Babu, Boman Irani, Murali Sharma, M. Kamaraj and Posani Krishna Murali along with the lead actors. As compared to Sudeep’s Vikrant Rona which collected Rs. 35 crores on its first day Kabzaa has performed very lowly. Vikrant Rona was released in 2022 and became the third highest grossing Kannada film at the time of release.
Talking about her role in the film, Shriya saran said “ there were many thoughts like what is my role among so many film heroes , whether I have a role or not but when R Chandru was narrating the passion made me realise this film is larger than life. When I was doing Kathak in this film I felt satisfied. I wanted to be the part of his vision and I’m grateful to be a part of it”. Shriya Saran was earlier seen in Drishyam 2 along with Ajay Devgan, Akshay Khanna, Rajat Kapoor, Tabu, Ishita Dutta and Mrunal Jadhav.
Anand Pandit who is distributing the film said that “Kabzaa is a fictional story of underworld. It shows the period of Independence and it is not inspired by any underworld don. Underworld is one of the most prominent subject which has a very good strike rate at the box office”.
The reviews of the movie has not been very pleasant. People are calling Kabzaa a failed product that in attempt to mimic Yash’s KGF but the further performance of Kabzaa is much awaited.
Kabzaa is a pan India film and will release in seven other langauges. Tamil. Telugu, Malyalam, Hindi, Bengali and Marathi.