Shaakuntalam, Samantha Ruth Prabhu’s most recent film, has garnered media attention since its debut in the USA, where it made over $150k on its first day. The movie had a sluggish start in India, and early trends indicate that it will likely barely gross Rs 5 crore on its opening day. The filmmakers are hopeful that the movie will gain momentum in India as well, given its outstanding performance in the US market.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu plays the title character in Gunasekhar’s mythological romance-drama Shaakuntalam. The famous Indian poet Kalidasa’s Abhijnanasakuntalam, a classic Sanskrit play, served as the inspiration for the movie. Shaakuntala, a young girl who falls in love with King Dushyanta, and the difficulties their romance encounters are the main characters of Shaakuntalam.
The movie’s debut in the US was a huge success, earning more than $150k in just one day. This is a noteworthy accomplishment for a South Indian movie because it demonstrates the expanding popularity of Indian cinema abroad. A sign of the movie’s possible success in other international countries is its high performance in the US market.
The film’s outstanding performance in the US market has given the creators faith that it will pick up steam in India despite the country’s slow start. Critics have given the movie favourable reviews and commended Samantha Ruth Prabhu for her role in it. Mani Sharma’s music for the movie has also garnered excellent reviews. In the film, Samantha plays the lead role of Shakuntala, and Dev Mohan plays Dushyanta, the monarch of the Puru dynasty. Mohan Babu, Jisshu Sengupta, Madhoo, Gautami, Aditi Balan, and Ananya Nagalla also play a number of supporting roles.