The expected arrival of Nila Cyclone in Chennai and Vishakhapatnam Coastal areas and its impact on the interior parts of Karnataka seems to have unperturbed the makers and distributors of the much awaited Darshan starrer "Kranti Veera Sangolli Raayanna' which is hitting the screens on Thursday, the November 1.
"Despite the threat of rain, perhaps this is one Kannada film which will take humongous opening as could be predicted because of the extreme level of expectations of Darshan fans' says a trade expert.
The meteorological department's warning of heavy rain in the next two days may end either on Friday morning or afternoon which may restrict the damage of continuous rain fall.
The film's distributor H.D. Gangaraj says that they are deliberately restricting the number of screens to something under 150 for maintaining the tempo of good collections in the second and third weeks, when pre festival starts and competition of other language films will make an impact.
The first thing Gangaraj has done is that he has not forced to succumb of the demands for release in more than one theatres in many urban centers like Davanagere, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Shimoga, Bellary and some strong rural centers. But he could not implement this decision in several centers of Northern Karnataka like Belgaum which has a number of Sangolli Raayanna fan clubs. Already the Milk Abhishekhams have been done in the two theatres (Nirmal and Sathosh) where the film is getting released. Perhaps Hubli may also see the release of the film in two theatres. There will be large number of screens in B and C centers which will be screening the film.
Though Gangaraj feels he has got a little lesser advance from the single theatres in many urban centers, he is sure that the overflow from these films will start early. The advances from Northern Karnataka areas have been unprecedented as Hubli theater owner is believed have offered Rs. 25 lacs, while for two screens in Belgaum and one screen in Ranebennur a sum of Rs. 22 lacs has been offered, sources said.
Some of the Bangalore based theatres have also offered more something in the range of Rs. 8 to Rs. 12 lacs, it is rumored, while the main theatres have offered an undisclosed sum of a huge advance. Gangaraj feels that this decision will pave way for the film to run in more number of days in the theatres in urban areas. Even in a city like Mysore, Gangaraj has restricted the number of single screens to three.