MUMBAI— Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat,” currently stands at Rs. 166.50 crore nett in India (as of Feb. 1), which is a huge number considering the fact that it went through so much trouble. Fortunately for Bhansali and team, everything came together at just the right time and the results are there to be seen.
Had it been released in the states in which it was not allowed to release, it would have arguably crossed Rs. 200 crore already. With Haryana and Gujarat now opening up on demand, other states are expected to follow, and the film is likely to do very well in India alone. With good competition from next week as “Pad Man” and “Aiyaary” are both coming, it will be interesting to see how “Padmaavat” will hold. But in India, the film is expected to comfortably sail past Rs. 200 crore and maybe even touch or cross Rs. 250 crore.
The last few months have been fruitful for Hindi films with “Golmaal Again,” “Tiger Zinda Hai” and now “Padmaavat” minting big money in India and overseas. “Tiger…” incidentally continues its march despite “Padmaavat!”