Actor Vijay’s movie Sarkar proved to be winner after it made Rs 225.3 crore (US$31 million) at the worldwide box office in just 14 days. The movie, which released on November 6, was directed by AR Murugadoss. It had faced many problems before and after its release, but it managed to retain its position at the box office and collected Rs 100 crore, as per trade experts, on the first two days itself.
Sarkar continued to rule theatres too after it was released in over 3000 screens around the world. It managed to retain 60 per cent of the screens from the opening week on its second weekend too. From among Tamil movies, it had the highest number of viewers in Tamil Nadu.
However, the movie is said to have witnessed a significant drop when it comes to the entire south India, with industry experts saying it earned Rs 153.3 crore at the domestic box office. Elsewhere, like in the US, Malaysia, Australia, UAE and a few other countries with high Tamil population, the movie has performed well. The movie is believed to be set to breach the 1-million-dollar club in the US.
Apart from being a hit at the box office, Sarkar had already broken records when its teaser released in October and it fetched 11 million views on YouTube in just 6 hours.
The movie, which also starred Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Yogi Babu and Radha Ravi, revolved round a successful NRI CEO, who returns to India to cast his vote in elections but finds it has already been exercised, and then enters politics to bring about a change in the system.
It appears that nobody can stop its success, not even Tamil Rockers, a group involved in piracy. The full HD copy of Sarkar was leaked on its website just hours after its release and people were given free access to download the copy illegally. Fans of Vijay did jump in to urge people to watch the film in theatres instead of downloading it from the torrent website.
Sarkar also faced opposition from members of political party AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), who expressed their displeasure about certain scenes in the movie.
The movie is co-written by B Jeyamohan, music composed by AR Rahman, cinematography by Girish Gangadharan, edited by Sreekar Prasad and produced by Kalanithi Maran under the banner Sun Pictures.