Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s much-awaited mythological film, Shaakuntalam, was released in theatres on April 14. The movie is based on the popular play Abhignyana Shakuntalam by Kalidasa. Though the movie was launched and promoted with high expectations, it bombed at the box office due to the poor VFX and predictable screenplay.
Netizens were disappointed by the graphics of the trailer, and many of them commented that the graphics of some serials are better than the film. Early reports have suggested that in terms of casting and graphics, the film has not been able to leave an impressive mark. Samantha’s look was also criticized by the audience.
Made on a massive budget of Rs.80 crores, this project could be able to collect only Rs.1.5 crores share on the opening day with a worldwide collection of around Rs.2crores which is somewhat higher than her former project Yashoda. Today, the movie has crashed at the box office and is heading towards becoming one of the biggest disasters ever in Telugu Cinema.
Dil Raju and Gunasekhar must be appreciated for taking interest in bringing such ancient literature to the screen again. The only letdown is this particular subject is hardly the right material for the current generation. Perhaps the original Mahabharata version of an assertive woman was a better fit.
Helmed and produced by Gunasekhar, Shakuntalam stars Dev Mohan, Mohan Babu, Sachin Khedekar, Kabir Bedi, Madhoo, Harish Uthaman in pivotal roles.