Mumbai, March 11 - Prabhas' long-awaited period romantic drama film "Radhe Shyam" has bombed at the Hindi box office. Despite the anticipation, the movie couldn't meet expectations and opened to nearly Rs. 2.10 crores on Friday from multiplexes. By adding single screens data, it earned around 4.50 Cr Hindi net.
On the other hand, National award-winning filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri's "The Kashmir Files" surprises at the box office. As per the early estimates, the film, based on true events, opens to Rs. 2.40 crores net from the multiplexes (including single screen, it earned around 3.30 Cr), despite the far fewer screens as compared to "Radhe Shyam".
"The Kashmir Files", which tells the story of the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus in the early 1990s due to the Kashmir Insurgency, got a big boost towards evening and night shows from the strong word of mouth. The film has managed to touch the hearts of the audiences, and it is sure to grow further over the weekend.
In the comparison between "Radhe Shyam" and "The Kashmir Files", the Radha Krishna Kumar-directed had 428 shows in Mumbai for the Hindi version, wherein "The Kashmir Files" had only 153 shows on the first day. There is a massive gap in the budget of two films as well. "Radhe Shyam" is made in nearly Rs. 300 crores cost while TKF cost just Rs. 20-25 crores.
"Radhe Shyam", meanwhile, has managed to score big in the Telugu version, which can be seen as a cakewalk for Prabhas. It netted an estimated Rs. 42 crores in Telugu, which is the biggest since "Saaho" in 2019. Overall, it netted an estimated Rs. 48 crores for all languages.
Set in Europe of the 1970s, the film tells the story of Vikramaditya (Prabhas), a palmist who is conflicted between destiny and his love for Prerana (Pooja Hegde). Produced by UV Creations and T-Series, the movie also stars Bhagyashree, Jagapathi Babu, Sachin Khedekar, Krishnam Raju, among others in key roles.
"The Kashmir Files", on the other hand, is produced by Zee Studios, Abhishek Agarwal Arts, Pallavi Joshi, and Vivek Agnihotri. It stars Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Agnihotri's wife Pallavi Joshi, among others in prominent roles.