Padmaavat a Rousing Success: Catapults Deepika to BO Queen!
By Madhusmita Lenka
Feb 2, 2018
it or not, Padmaavat has already
completed 7 days at the box office and there’s no stopping this magnum opus of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
a tumultuous journey trying to release the film, SLB and the cast won their
battle against divisive forces. Padmaavat has managed to collect Rs 155 crores at the box office in just
a week of its release.
on a budget of over Rs 190 Crores, Padmaavat is surging ahead with bumper
openings overseas as well. It already crossed lifetime business of films like Dilwale,
Bajirao Mastani, Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai and Bajrangi Bhaijaan in its opening
weekend itself. It also became the highest single grosser in North America.
film is expected to enter the 200 crore
club soon, especially since there are no big releases this Friday. This is
bound to make Rani Padmavati of the movie very happy. Padmaavat is Deepika
Padukone’s 7th film to have entered 100 crore club. No wonder she
asks for higher pay than her male co-stars! The film has also catapulted
Ranveer Singh to the status of a method actor for his portrayal of Alauddin
Khilji in the movie. Shahid Kapoor seems to have impressed his director Sanjay
Leela Bhansali irrespective of the fact that this was the first time he ever
worked with him.
has come as overwhelming news for everyone associated with the film. Owing to
large scale violent protests, 5 states – Haryana, Rajasthan, Bihar, Gujarat and
Uttar Pradesh – banned the movie. Despite
such setbacks, Padmaavat is inching
towards becoming a huge success.
was mired in controversies from the beginning. Fringe groups like Karni Sena
had attacked and vandalised theatres claiming that the movie insulted Rani
Padmavati. The release date had to be postponed while protests continued in
many parts of the country. Even after the release of the film, protests
continued with women in Chittor threatening to commit self-immolation. Post the
release, there were dissenting voices regarding the depiction of Jauhar in the
film, notably from Swara Bhaskar.
it seems all these controversies generated enough curiosity about the film
leading to more people flocking to theatres in the rest of the country.
remains to be seen if the movie heads towards the 300 crore club in the coming
weeks. The film has one more week before big releases come in.