Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior clashed with Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak yesterday. With both celluloids having superstars lock horns at the theatres, and critical reviews lined up, the box office has given its monetary verdict.
According to a Boxofficeindia report, Chhapaak earned Rs 4.75 crore on day one. The report further states that the film might see a growth during the weekend, further, but it cannot match that of Tanhaji.
It also added that Tanhaji earned Rs 16 crore at the Box Office, a number that was already predicted by Trade Analysts. The film being a commercial entertainer did perform well in Maharashtra compared to the Meghna Gulzar directorial.
Despite Deepika’s film being exempted from tax in states like Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh, and being a female centric film by the ‘Raazi’ director stayed behind.
“Tanhaji is a commercial entertainer which is much bigger in budget and star cast whereas Chhapaak is realistic social drama. Tanhaji has a wider release with around 3500 plus screens whereas Chhapaak has around 1500-2000 screens. But it’s a non-holiday release and looking at the disturbed environment in the country right now, they are good numbers at the end of the day,” trade analyst Girish Johar told Hindustan Times.
Deepika, who showed solidarity with the protesting JNU students ahead of her release created a downward trend for herself after netizens called for a boycott on her film.
Tanhaji is a biographical period action drama in 3D, starring Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol and Sharad Kelkar. The film is directed by Om Raut. Set in the 17th century, it is based on the life of Tanaji Malusare, who was a subedar in the army of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha Empire.
Chhapaak is based on the real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi, who at the age of 15, was attacked allegedly by a spurned lover in 2005. Laxmi had to undergo several surgeries. Later, she took up the job of helping acid attack survivors and promoted campaigns to stop such attacks.