Last Friday saw the re-release of the 1995 Tamil film Baasha. The Rajinikanth starrer, which had actually released on 12 January 1995 was a huge blockbuster at the Box Office. In fact, Baasha is touted as the landmark film in Rajinikanth’s career as the Thalaivar had no looking back since then.
Prior to the re-release of its digitally remastered version, the trade pundits had predicted that the 22-year old film will not find any takers at the Box Office. Also, a few of the previous blockbusters turned out to be average grossers at the Box Office upon its re-release time.
However, Baasha’s Box Office collection has a different story to tell. The Rajinikanth blockbuster has minted more than Rs 50 lakh from 5 -theatrical days at the Chennai Box Office. The film was re-released in 14 cinemas with just 100 shows across the Chennai city. Throughout the opening weekend, Baasha registered 85% occupancy at the Chennai Box Office, which is remarkable considering that the 1995 film had stiff competition from Hollywood film Logan and Arun Vijay starrer Kuttram 23. The film, which had minted Rs 40 lakh on its re-release opening weekend has also overpowered the likes of Yaman, The Ghazi Attack and Bollywood film Commando.
Baasha revolves around the life of an auto driver Manikkam, who stays away from violence but is forced to show his violent side after his sister is attacked and his past life as a gangster is revealed. The film also features Nagma and Raghuvaran in other pivotal roles.
Meanwhile, the Baasha hysteria even got bigger in France and Japan when the Rajinikanth fans celebrated the return of their idol’s class in a unique way. Check these out:
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