Twice in the past too…
This isn’t any new competition for Nag and Balakrishna. In fact, these two top heroes fought in the Pongal twice. In 1987 Balakrishna’s ‘Bhargava Ramudu’ was released on 14th of January, while Nagarjuna’s ‘Majnu’ too released on the same day. While the overall result of these two films were average, Bhargava Ramudu was a hit in few centres and Majnu gained good response in others.
Individually speaking, Balakrishna released eleven of his films for Pongal and Nagarjuna has only four releases. Out of eleven releases, Balayya has seven hits while others were a flop. Nagarjuna’s films that released for Pongal were all average or above average films. That clearly says Balakrishna is the real Pongal hero.
Also in 1996 ‘Vamsanikokkadu’ and ‘Vajram’ of Balayya and Nagarjuna locked horns for Sankranthi. Now, after a span of twenty years Balakrishna and Nagarjuna are once again fighting out for Sankranthi.
Let’s see whether ‘Dictator’ or ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ will be a winner.