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Varun Tej, Sai Pallavi starrer Fidaa mints over Rs 25 crore in its opening weekend

Sekhar Kammula’s new film Fidaa, which stars Varun Tej and Sai Pallavi, has made an impressive Rs 25 crore in worldwide collections in its opening weekend.

regional-movies Updated: Jul 24, 2017 10:36 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Fidaa stars Sai Pallavi and Varun Tej in the lead roles. It also marks the former’s Telugu debut.
Fidaa stars Sai Pallavi and Varun Tej in the lead roles. It also marks the former’s Telugu debut.

After delivering two back-to-back duds in the form of Life is Beautiful and Anamika, filmmaker Sekhar Kammula has bounced back strongly with his latest outing Fidaa, which has rocked the ticket window in its opening weekend worldwide. According to reliable trade pundits, the film has grossed over whopping Rs 25 crore and has registered the biggest opening in Varun Tej’s career. The film, produced by Dil Raju, has also performed exceptionally well in the US where it has already breached into US $1 million club and is looking very strong.

Kammula is known for his clean films that have substantial roles for women and can be watched by all sections of the audience. Fidaa stars Varun Tej and Premam fame Sai Pallavi, and this happens to be her Telugu debut. Pallavi, who happens to be one of the biggest highlights of the film, has single-handedly won over audiences and critics, while majority of them heaping praise on her for holding the movie together. The film has music by Mickey J Meyer and it’s the love-hate-love story of an NRI doctor, played by Varun, falling head over heels for a girl from Telangana.

The film features Varun Tej in his most romantic avatar yet and he is said to have jumped at the opportunity when the script was pitched to him. On working with Kammula, he told Hindustan Times: “He is very different from all the directors I have worked with. I know each filmmaker has a style of working but Sekhar enjoys the process more than anyone else. I really don’t know why he took so long to make this film. He told me he narrated the script to a few people and then finally approached me. I like movies where everything is dealt naturally and with a sense of realism. Sekhar’s work stands testimonial to that kind of cinema. He doesn’t like to go overboard for the sake of satisfying a section of the audiences. His style of working is very subtle and natural. Also, he lets his actors improvise with dialogues and scenes which I don’t think many directors appreciate. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.”

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First Published: Jul 24, 2017 10:31 IST