MUMBAI—Despite all the opposition and nefarious hurdles, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” has made its box-office point.
While the figures are courtesy two film portals, Bollywood Hungama and koimoi, the verdict is clear: in terms of footfalls, “Padmaavat” is a decided hit, though it will not be clear soon whether the film will recover its humongous costs even from non-theatrical sources. With tickets routinely priced at Rs 350-up, moving on to Rs 2500 (!!!!!) in certain theatres in North India, the Viacom 18-SLB Films presentation is already the highest opener for Bhansali, leading men Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in their entire careers.
Having crossed Rs 56 crore India nett already by Friday, Jan. 26, thanks to this being an extended Republic Day holiday weekend, after collecting Rs. 5 crore in paid previews on Wednesday, Jan. 24, the film had a bumper opening collection of Rs. 19 crore on Thursday, and a whopper Rs. 32 crore on Republic Day itself. It is set on a winning spree with even people from Gujarat (where it was banned) demanding shows of the film. “Padmaavat” has a 14-day clear run before the next films of substance, “Pad Man” and “Aiyaary” (Feb. 9). As of now, it’s a cinch that it will cross not just the first SLB-Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone film “Goliyon Ki RasLila”’s lifetime of Rs. 118 crore but it looks as if it will sail past comfortably ahead of their last film “Bajirao Mastani’s lifetime of Rs 188 crore.
Showing how mainstream films (those the whole country wants to see in these compartmentalized days) will always score over the niche ones, we have “Padmaavat” as the highest-ever opener for all except Deepika Padukone, who has almost always (with stray exceptions) done pan-India-appealing cinema. For her, “Padmaavat” has opened at No. 4 in her five 100 crore-plus films so far.
And showing Shahid Kapoor which way he should head in his choice of films, if he can shed his complexes of so-called “evolved” filmmakers and their hopelessly niche cinema, “Padmaavat” is his entry into the 100 crore club after a career that is into its 16th year, with the 100 crore club crossing 9 years in chronology!
Here are the top opening day figures:
1. Padmaavat – Rs. 19 cr.
2. Gunday – Rs. 16.12 cr.
3. Goliyon Ki RasLila—RamLila – Rs. 16 cr.
4. Bajirao Mastani – Rs. 12.80 cr. (in a clash with “Dilwale”)
5. Dil Dhadakne Do—Rs. 10.53 cr.
• Number of 100-crore films to date: 2 (both with Bhansali)
1. Happy New Year – Rs. 44.97 cr.
2.Chennai Express – Rs. 19.45 cr.
3. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – Rs. 19.45 cr.
4.Padmaavat – Rs. 19 cr.
5. Goliyon Ki RasLila—RamLila – Rs. 16 cr.
• Number of 100 crore films to date: 5 (2 with with Bhansali)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali:
1. Padmaavat – Rs. 19 cr.
2. Goliyon Ki RasLila—RamLila – Rs. 16 cr.
3. Bajirao Mastani – Rs. 12.80 cr. (in a clash with “Dilwale”)
4. Guzaarish* – Rs. 3.82 cr.
5. Saawariya* – Rs. 3 cr. (in a clash with “Om Shanti Om”)
• Number of 100 crore films to date: 2 (of 8 directorials before “Padmaavat”)
1. Padmaavat – Rs 19 cr.
2. Shaandaar*– Rs. 13.10 cr.
3. R…Rajkumar – Rs. 10.10 cr.
4. Udta Punjab* –Rs.10.05 cr.
5. Haider* – Rs. 6.14 cr.
• Number of 100 crore films to date: NIL
*: Flops and losers in return of investment