Long back, when Megastar Chiranjeevi delivered an industry hit Gharana Mogudu in 1992, the film stood as an all time biggest industry hit of Tollywood with Rs.10 crore collections. Since, Chiranjeevi's craze reached to an apogee, his next film Aapadbhandhavudu producer Yedida Ramarao paid Rs.1.25 crore remuneration for Megastar.
As a result, national media hailed Chiranjeevi as 'Bigger Than Bachchan'. And did you know? Superstar of Kollywood Rajinikanth would charge just half of what Chiranjeevi was paid then. However, in the subsequent days, Rajini succeeded in spreading his market to other states and emerged as a Pan Indian star.
It seems early 1990s picture repeated now. Having gone through the full run business stats of Megastar and Superstar, it's easily made out that Megastar is dominating Superstar now.
Barring all India top director Shankar's 2.0, Rajini's films Kaala, Petta and Darbar collected grosses Rs.150 crore, Rs.210 crore and Rs.78 crore respectively.
Megastar's comeback, however, is destructive. His 150th venture Khaidi Number 150 turned as an industry hit (non BB) with Rs.165 crore gross collections. And his latest patriotic magnum opus Sye Raa Narasimhareddy collected close to Rs.300 crore gross world wide.
Since Rajini's market witnessed a steep fall in the recent past and Chiranjeevi's film gets closer to even Rs.300 crores, Chiranjeevi surely turns bigger than Rajinikanth now.
Now that Rajini has decided to enter politics, he will pay lesser attention on films. In contrast, Chiranjeevi's saga will be continued as he is quite choosy with his projects which eventually are turning crazy projects.