Mumbai: Salaar Part 1: CeaseFire, the action thriller starring Prabhas and Prithviraj Sukumaran, has emerged as the biggest blockbuster of the year, breaking several box office records in its opening weekend. The film, which is the first part of a two-part series, has collected over Rs 400 crore worldwide, with Rs 208 crore coming from the Indian market alone.
The film, which is directed by Prashanth Neel and produced by Hombale Films, was released on December 22, 2023, across all languages, including Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, and Tamil dubs. The film received a massive response from the audience, who thronged the theatres to watch the epic saga of Salaar, a rebel leader who wages a war against a tyrannical ruler.
According to the trade website Sacnilk, the film earned Rs 95 crore in India on its opening day, making it the highest opening day collection for an Indian film in 2023. The film also registered the highest opening day collection for a Telugu film, beating the previous record held by Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which also starred Prabhas.
The film continued its strong run at the box office over the weekend, crossing the Rs 400-crore mark within three days of its release. The film has also performed well in overseas markets, especially in the UAE, USA, and Australia, where it has received rave reviews from the critics and the audience.
The film has also received positive feedback from the industry and celebrities, who have praised the film for its stunning visuals, gripping storyline, and powerful performances. Prabhas, who plays the titular role of Salaar, has been lauded for his charismatic and intense portrayal of the character, while Prithviraj Sukumaran, who plays the antagonist, has been appreciated for his menacing and ruthless act. The film also features Shruti Haasan, Jagapathi Babu, and Madhu Guruswamy in pivotal roles.
Salaar Part 1: CeaseFire has a runtime of 2 hours and 55 minutes, and has been certified ‘A’ by the censor board, due to its violent and bloody content. The film has several high-octane action sequences, involving guns, swords, and bombs, which have been choreographed by the stunt director Anbariv. The film also has a strong emotional quotient, as it explores the themes of love, loyalty, and revenge.
Salaar Part 1: CeaseFire is expected to maintain its momentum at the box office in the coming days, as it faces no major competition from any other film. The film is also likely to benefit from the festive Christmas season, as more people are expected to visit the theatres. The film has already recovered its production cost, which is estimated to be around Rs 150 crore, and is set to become one of the most profitable films of the year.
The film is also creating a lot of buzz for its second part, which is expected to release in 2024. The second part will reportedly have more twists and turns and will reveal the secrets and mysteries of Salaar’s past and present. The fans are eagerly waiting to see the conclusion of the epic saga, which promises to be bigger and better than the first part.