The market for Telugu films in US has been expanding over the years and major credit goes to Mahesh Babu and others for their popularity at overseas.
According to Praveen Siddavarapu, a US-based film distributor in an interview to English daily, says, Earlier distributors used to screen films only in major locations like California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Dallas and then screen the film in other areas in the second or third week for a cheaper price.
Today, films starring Mahesh Babu, Pawan Kalyan, Ram Charan and NTR are sold for a whopping price in the range of anything between `3-6 crore. Mahesh Babu starrer Dookudu was a gamechanger for Telugu films in the US after it has crossed 1million mark .
Unless a movie gets more than 3.25/5 rating from top websites, Telugu films rarely do well at the box office. But, presence of big names like Mahesh Babu, Pawan Kalyan, Ram Charan, NTR, Trivikram Srinivas, Sreenu Vaitla, S S Rajamouli and Sekhar Kammula are exceptions.. say Praveen .