After going against the tide of casting Sneha in the lead role, that too in the role of a woman cop, director Kicha appears to be facing the consequences of what he did. Trade sources say that the film, which had a much-delayed release before hitting the theatres last Friday, has met with a below-par and lukewarm response from the public.
‘Bhavani’ is the remake of the film ‘Vyjayanthi IPS’ which starred Tamil-Telugu actress Vijayashanti and ran to packed houses in the late eighties. Vijayashanti’s alacrity and her acting prowess, which carried the film along at the box-office, is said to be sadly missing in Sneha’s case.
Kicha, who made the film at the cost of Rs.2.5 crores, has said that he has suffered a loss of around Rs.8 crores, which baffles industry-watchers. One can’t help wondering as to how the Rs.2.5 crore turned into more than three times of its worth?
Queries revealed that even prior to commencing ‘Bhavani’, Kicha was apparently under a debt trap thanks to his earlier films like ‘Thee’. When the director tried to bring Sun Pictures to distribute ‘Bhavani’, he was curtly told by them that unless he settled the old ‘dues’, they won’t touch ‘Bhavani’ for distribution across the State.
Kicha’s claims have stumped Sneha, who was hoping that even if the film managed an ordinary run at the box-office, the production cost could easily be recovered!