Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

September 30 will once again witness a ‘Clash of Titans' between a Bollywood and a South movie. While movie lovers across India are all set to watch Vikram Vedha and Ponniyin Selvan: I or PS: I tomorrow in theatres, it seems both the movies will have a fair box office war.

Fans seem to be quite excited to watch Hrithik Roshan on the big screen after a long gap. Vikram Vedha, a remake of R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi starrer Vikram Vedha (Tamil), also stars Saif Ali Khan and Radhika Apte, and has received a massive response so far. 

The teaser, trailer and songs have been liked by movie lovers. Though the campaign to boycott Vikram Vedha once again raised its head, it seems to have no impact on the movie.

On the other hand, the response for Ponniyin Selvan: I or PS: I seems to have toppled in Odisha. PS: I, starring Chiyaan Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Trisha Krishnan, Sobhita Dhulipala and Prakash Raj among others, is the first instalment of two parts of the epic period action film directed by Mani Ratnam. 

The teaser and trailer promise larger-than-life visuals with a spotlight on Chola Dynasty that ruled India for over 1500 years. While Aish is stealing the limelight, Trisha is no way behind. 

While ‘PS: I’ is expected to perform gloriously in the south belt, ‘Vikram Vedha’ seems to have a good response in the Hindi belt. 

Here we bring you the response of moviegoers in Odisha to Vikram Vedha and PS: I:

As informed by some theatre owners in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur, the response for Vikram Vedha is higher than PS: I. Considering the advance ticket booking status, the owners are hopeful that the Hrithik-Saif starrer will run successfully unlike several other Hindi movies that were released earlier this year.

Besides, they are also confident that PS: I’s business will expectedly rise after audience reviews. 

The owner of Maharaja Picture Palace, a single-screen theatre in Bhubaneswar, said, “The advance ticket booking status of Vikram Vedha is higher than PS: I.”

Rabi Sahoo, manager of Sriya Swati Cine Complex said, “People seem to be quite excited to celebrate Dushera after two years. The business may get hampered due to the ongoing games (Legends League). Still, we are hopeful that crowd will throng the theatres during the Puja.”

On the other hand, the owner of a theatre in Berhampur said, “The response for Vikram Vedha is higher here while PS: I will expectedly make good business in the South belt.”

The owner of Keshari Talkies in Bhubaneswar said, “We are releasing both the movies. However, the response of the audience after the release of the movies will determine further business.