Sankranthi season has been lucrative ever since Soggade Chinni Nayana in 2016 and Shatamanam Bhavathi in 2017 proved that there is always space for medium budget films even when two or more huge budget films are fighting in Sankranthi race.
Dil Raju saw even bigger hit than Shatamanam Bhavathi with limited budget F2 and he locked this Sankranthi for Sarileru Neekevvaru starring Mahesh Babu from his banner.
Kalyanram promised that his film will release for Sankranthi and after 118, he is working with an young team on Family entertainer.
Anushka Shetty's Silence, Sharwanand's Srikaaram and one more film from a young actor are also aiming for Sankranthi season.
Already, Ala Vaikuntapuramu lo from Allu Arjun - Trivikram Srinivas combination and Rajnikanth-A R Murugadoss's Darbar are locked for Sankranthi.
We got to know that Jan 10th, Jan 11th , Jan 12th , Jan 15th and most probably Jan 16th are being locked by producers and distributors for release.
If any of the biggies fail, one or two small Budget films could come on 15th and 16th dates, it seems.
Trivikram Srinivas's Agnyathavasi 10th Jan sentiment could be avoided for AVL by releasing it on 12th January but Sarileru Neekevvaru producers are looking at the date.
On 11th January, Rajni is releasing Darbar and it has the highest craze in Tamil market for the season as Petta and Sarkar from the actor-director are hits, there. So, 15th and 16th dates are going to be locked for Kalyanram's film and any last minute small budget release to avoid disasters like NTR Kathanayakudu during the season, running in empty theatres.