R Chandru’s high-octane action thriller Underworld ka Kabzaa was released all over the world on March 17, amid huge expectations from fans of the respective actors and moviegoers. Kiccha Sudeep and Shiva Rajkumar have appeared in cameo roles in Kabzaa. The film is set to fetch a double-digit opening from all languages on its first day.
KFI’s first Pan India Film
After a remarkable run last year at the Box Office all over India, the Kannada film industry has begun this year’s journey with yet another actioner. Kiccha Sudeep and Upendra’s ‘Kabzaa‘ is the latest offering from the industry. The film, set in the 1940s and 1970s, also has Kiccha Sudeep, Shiva Rajkumar, Shriya Saran, Murali Sharma, and Kota Srinivasa Rao in pivotal roles.
R Chandru has written and directed the film which has got a pan-India release. The action thriller has been dubbed in Hindi as Underworld Ka Kabzaa and distributed by Anand Pandit. The dubbed versions have also been released in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam languages.
Kabzaa has now received some moderate response from critics, many of whom have dubbed it as another version of the KGF series, the two highest-grossing Kannada films directed by Prashanth Neel. The audiences too have encountered multiple resemblances with the Yash-starrer and criticized the film on social media for not being original.
Kabzaa on Day 1
The Upendra-starrer has managed a respectable opening at the box office. The entertainment tracking portal Sacnilk.com states its opening day figures at Rs 11.10 crore combined for all five languages. It also mentions that Kabzaa had a 47.79%, 29.47%, 14.54%, and 11.66% occupancy for its Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi versions respectively.
According to another media portal, the film’s advance booking, especially in the Kannada markets where it sold approx 140K tickets worth approx Rs 2.50 crore in all languages until Thursday evening.
In Kannada alone, the pre-sales of Kabzaa are approx 70K tickets which are worth approx Rs 1.60 crore. The final pre-sales, as reported by the trade website, has to be around Rs 3 crore in all languages which is a good number, to begin with. This will make Kabzaa earn around Rs 10 crore plus opening on day 1.
The film which is made on a budget of Rs 120 Crore is a joint production venture of R Chandru, Alankar Pandian, and Anand Pandit under the Anand Pandit Motion Pictures, Sri Siddheshwara Enterprises, and Invenio Origin banners. Also, Kabzaa’s digital streaming rights were bought by OTT giant Amazon Prime Video for a whopping Rs 140 Crore, according to the available information