After a lot of fracas over the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, the first week for the Deepika Padukone-starrer finally concluded on a glorious note on Friday.
The film which opened with humungous numbers on January 25 worldwide, begins its week 2 with a BANG.
The magnum opus has managed to earn a stupendous amount of Rs 10.25 crore on Day 8 and is expected to bag another Rs 35 crore at the end of the week.
The royal drama is also set to cross the lifetime biz of Bajirao Mastani taking its total to a whopping amount of Rs 200 cr anytime soon.
Moreover, Padmaavat has already shattered box office records of several blockbusters like Baahubali 2, PK, Dangal in both domestic and international markets.
In short, the magnum opus has refused to die down despite being blocked in certain Indian states. The massive protests by Karni Sena have simply failed to dampen the spirits of this Bhansali directorial.
The film has even lost out on approximately Rs 50 crore due to no screening in certain Indian states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Gujarat. However, its international performance is REMARKABLE specially in Australia and North America.
#Padmaavat begins Week 2 with a BANG... Collects in double digits... Eyes ₹ 35 cr+ in Weekend 2... Will cross *lifetime biz* of #BajiraoMastani today [Sat]… Will cross ₹ 200 cr tomorrow [Sun]... [Week 2] Fri 10 cr. Total: ₹ 176.50 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 3, 2018
#Padmaavat is expected to surpass *lifetime biz* of #BajiraoMastani in Weekend 2... Will emerge SLB’s HIGHEST GROSSER... Wed [limited previews] 5 cr, Thu 19 cr, Fri 32 cr, Sat 27 cr, Sun 31 cr, Mon 15 cr, Tue 14 cr, Wed 12.50 cr, Thu 11 cr. Total: ₹ 166.50 cr. India biz. 👍👍👍— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 2, 2018
Had it been a smooth, all-India release, #Padmaavat would’ve comfortably crossed ₹ 200 cr in its [extended] Week 1... The film lost out on [approx] ₹ 50 cr+ due to no-screening in few states + protests... Its international biz is REMARKABLE [esp North America and Australia]...— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 2, 2018
Meanwhile, with the release of Padmaavat across the country, critics and audiences are also going gaga over Bhansali's skill of high-class directions yet another time. Deepika, Ranveer and Shahid have also been inundated with heart felt messages from across the industry.
Bollywood biggies took to their respective twitter handles to praise the performance of each and every individual associated with the film.
Huge Congratulations to the magnificent team of #Padmavat ! The maestro Sanjay Leela Bhansali! The magical trio @deepikapadukone @shahidkapoor and @RanveerOfficial ! A bonafide BLOCKBUSTER!! A validation of conviction and passion!— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) January 29, 2018
#Padmaavat @deepikapadukone you exuded strength & brought the character to life. 👌🏽👌🏽 @shahidkapoor most difficult thing for an actor is to underplay.. you were fabulous as a Rajput King.👏🏽👏🏽 .. #SLB does it again. Master of this genre 🙌🏽 #Blockbuster #Congratulations— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) January 28, 2018
Finally watched #Padmaavat last night in @IMAX 3D & enjoyed it thoroughly. Nobody paints a canvas on a 70mm screen like SLB sir. @deepikapadukone & @shahidkapoor in top form! @RanveerOfficial is exceptional. You’re well on your way to becoming an all time great bro! #Inspired— Aditya Narayan (@ImAdityaNarayan) January 27, 2018
I was glued to my seat for a few seconds even after #Padmaavat ended! Only #SanjayLeelaBhansali Sir can do this🙌🏻! @deepikapadukone u are stunningly beautiful & loved your thehraav! @shahidkapoor power packed & so so good!👌🏻💪🏻 @RanveerOfficial u killed it! just Wow!!🙌🏻— Kriti Sanon (@kritisanon) January 26, 2018
Interestingly, in a major push on Saturday, the Shri Rajput Karni Sena finally decided to withdraw the protests against this Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.
Quite unexpectedly the fringe group has taken a complete U-turn over its earlier stance stating that Padmaavat glorifies the valour of the Rajputs.
Based on the 16th-century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem 'Padmavat', the movie is further expected to witness a ROCK-SOLID business since there are no major releases anytime soon. It will be no wonder if Padmaavat emerges as the highest grossing movie of Bhansali of all times.
Padmaavat features Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati while Ranveer Singh has done all the justice with his character as Alauddin Khilji. Shahid Kapoor essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh, Rani Padmavati's husband. The film also stars Jim Sarbh, Aditi Rao Hydari and Raza Murad in supporting roles.