Salaar Kannada opening has become the talk of Sandalwood, but for reasons that are less than celebratory. Directed by Prashant Neel, Salaar was expected to be a blockbuster in Karnataka, given the director’s fame and Prabhas’ star power. However, the movie’s performance has been surprisingly lackluster.
Right from the get-go, Salaar faced an uphill battle in winning over the Kannada audience. The film’s opening weekend collections were far below the lofty expectations set by the industry. This is particularly startling given Prabhas’ previous success in Bahubali 2 and Prashant Neel’s reputation as a top director.
The underwhelming response to Salaar in Karnataka marks a significant shift in audience preferences. It seems that the allure of big names and hefty budgets is no longer a guaranteed recipe for success in Sandalwood. This trend was also evident with KGF 2, which, despite its national success, couldn’t surpass its predecessor in Karnataka.
As the film continues to play in theaters, one wonders whether Salaar will be able to turn its fortunes around. For now, the Sandalwood industry is left to ponder over the unexpected response and what it signifies for future big-budget releases.