Darbar pulls in Rs 220 cr pre-release business globally; Sarileru Neekevvaru and Ala Vaikunthapurramulo fetch career-best figures for Mahesh Babu and Allu Arjun

Surendhar MK

Superstar Rajinikanth's Darbar, the first of Thalaivar's twin releases this year, has hit screens worldwide today ahead of the Pongal festival. The film is currently enjoying a massive solo release in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. The 69-year-old Superstar has gamely attended promotional events for Darbar in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai and has set a great example for younger Tamil heroes, most of whom shy away from attending such promotional events.

Darbar will face competition from tomorrow in Hindi (with Deepika Padukone's Chhapaak and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior) and Jan 11 in Telugu (with Mahesh Babu's Sarileru Neekevvaru). Allu Arjun's Ala Vaikunthapurramulo is slated to release on 12 Jan and Entha Manchivaadavuraa will release on 15 Jan.

Back in Tamil, Dhanush's Pattas is expected to hit the screens on 15 Jan. So, after a solo opening day, Darbar will have to compete in a crowded marketplace bolstered by Pongal festivities in Tamil Nadu and the Telugu states.

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