After facing so many controversies and death threats by Hindu fringe elements , the Padmaavat has taken the box office by storm and raked in Rs 83 crore in three days of its release, including paid previews.
Outfits such as the Karni Sena and the All India Brajmandal Kshatriya Rajput Mahasabha put bounties on the actor and director’s heads and asked for a nationwide ban on the film. Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh state governments had also installed a ban on the film until the Supreme Court called it illegal in a ruling. Even then, theatre associations refused to screen the film in the four states.
The movie had collected Rs 5 crore on January 24 (paid reviews), Rs 19 crore on Day 1 of the release, Rs 32 crore on Friday and Rs 27 crore on Saturday bringing the total collection of the film to Rs 83 crore.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the figures on his Twitter.The movie is also performing well in the overseas markets as the movie earned Rs 4.65 crore in Australia, Rs 2.34 crore in the UK, Rs 76.10 lakh in New Zealand and Rs 52.45 lakh in Germany.
The movie stars Deepika Padukone in the lead role of Rani Padmini. Shahid Kapoor essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh portrays Alauddin Khilji, the 13th Century ruler of the Khilji Dynasty.
In the rest of the states across the country, the film opened to lukewarm critical reviews but a positive reception among the viewers.Most theatres in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities saw heavy police security after a school bus was attacked in Gurugram a day before the film’s release.
Even Bollywood gurus were less than hopeful that the film would register healthy footfall upon its eventual release amid the fear of violence. However, none of this spelt doom for the film’s success. Padmaavat, made on a budget of Rs 180 crore, has raked in Rs 83 crores in just three days inspite of theatre associations refused to screen the film in the bjp ruled four states.