Despite protests, Padmaavat rakes in huge business on opening day

Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh

The Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed film which stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles took in a huge collection at the box office on opening day.

The film had opened to select paid previews across the country on January 24 and collected Rs. 5 crore, Viacom 18 sources said. Had it been a smooth release [some states are not screening the film], the all-India biz would've touched ₹ 40 cr. Padmaavat, made on a budget of Rs 180 crore, has raked in Rs 56 crore in just three days since of release. According to trade experts, the film has collected over Rs 56 crores till now, which is huge.

The film had gathered Rs 19 crore on Thursday and Rs 5 crore from the paid reviews that occurred on Wednesday.

The figures come at a time when the Multiplex Association of India, which represents around 75% of multiplex owners in the country, had said that its members would not screen the film in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa.




As mentioned by Taran Adarsh, Padmaavat's business in some of the key global markets have been phenomenal.

The movie had also earned well at the box office before it's release, thanks to paid previews. It released on January 25 amid much brouhaha as the Shri Rajput Karni Sena protested over the alleged distortion of facts in the movie.

"Padmaavat" team is extremely happy with the film's business and its critical reception. While the critics have lauded that Ranveer has given one of the best villains to Bollywood through his performance, the actor said: "I will be honest - when I was offered Padmaavat, most people were of the opinion that a hero should not play the anti-hero".

"We are hopeful that every Indian across all states - will get a chance to see the film especially as we celebrate our great nation's 69th Republic Day", the spokesperson added.

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