Are People Watching ‘Karthikeya 2’ As A Form Of Revenge Against LSC & ‘Raksha Bandhan’?

are people watching ‘karthikeya 2’ as a form of revenge against lsc & ‘raksha bandhan’?

Are People Watching ‘Karthikeya 2’ As A Form Of Revenge Against LSC & ‘Raksha Bandhan’?

While theatres screening Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan have mostly gone empty, a new Telugu movie is replacing them — Karthikeya 2, starring Nikhil Siddharth, Anupama Parameswaran and Anupam Kher. 

As screens playing Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan witness empty halls, those playing Karthikeya 2 have people bringing in their own plastic chairs to watch the movie in an overcrowded hall.

The film has grown exponentially since its release, collecting ₹7 lakhs on Day 1, ₹28 lakhs on Day 2 and ₹1.10 crores on Day 3.

The movie’s first part came out in 2014 and eight years later, people are still interested in the story of a doctor who gets caught up in mythological mysteries that lead to interesting situations and learnings. In fact, the sequel has found more takers than the original movie. How?

It’s a classic case of democracy’s revenge.

are people watching ‘karthikeya 2’ as a form of revenge against lsc & ‘raksha bandhan’?

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People showed their collective strength by bringing down Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan with boycott campaigns,  rendering the stardom of Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar useless. In a bid to show their power to make or break a film, now they seem to be hyping up Karthikeya 2 as an alternative to these two movies. 

The audience’s expectations from films have changed as they move towards more conservative films, rooted in Indian culture. People exiting the halls of Karthikeya 2 are exalting the film for narrating the story of Lord Krishna and digging into our mythology with carefully measured steps.

are people watching ‘karthikeya 2’ as a form of revenge against lsc & ‘raksha bandhan’?

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“We love how it shows Krishna’s story as a part of history and not just mythology,” — this seems to be the unanimous verdict of the movie’s happy audience. 

Telugu movie, Karthikeya 2 straddles the fine line between a dharmik movie and mass entertainer with aplomb. Neither is it a remake nor do its actors seem to have made any faux pas in public by commenting on religious, social or political matters.

are people watching ‘karthikeya 2’ as a form of revenge against lsc & ‘raksha bandhan’?

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Interestingly, it hasn’t really received any glowing reviews from critics with Times of India, Filmibeat and Pinkvilla giving it an average rating of 3.5 stars. 

Coincidentally, the movie was also released close to Janmashtami, a festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, on whom the movie is based. That makes it an even bigger festival release than Raksha Bandhan that released on the eponymous festival day.

are people watching ‘karthikeya 2’ as a form of revenge against lsc & ‘raksha bandhan’?

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Thus, the biggest reason behind Karthikeya 2’s commercial success seems to be revenge. Pure revenge.

Moviegoers are using this film to prove a point — they’re the bosses. They have the power to turn a movie into a superhit or a box office dud. If they can bomb megastars like Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar, they can also elevate lesser-known movies and their stars and make them a part of mainstream pop culture in the north.

For now, the public seems to be enjoying their newfound superpower. However, with great power comes great responsibility. The kind of movies we support today will build a template for the future.

As the popular Indiana Jones dialogue goes, “You must choose, but choose wisely.”

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