Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Saaho amidst much controversy and plagiarism debate has hit the screens on Friday and has earned rave review from critics. Nevertheless, Prabhas huge fan base and the buzz around the film's budget, high octane stunts worked wonders for the film giving it a grand first-day collection at the box office.
According to Box Office India, Saaho has already raked Rs 24 crore on opening day in spite of many theatres in Delhi NCR to start screening the film a day later due to late arrival of the film's print.
The film reportedly performed superbly well in Mumbai / Gujarat and CPCI as well as Marathawada. Taking into account the limited business in the South and the release issues this is a 30 crore nett opening in real value and on a non-holiday.
If the figures are to be believed, the opening day collection is the third-best of the year in the Hindi market and second-best for a Telegu film dubbed in Hindi after 'Baahubali: The Conclusion' replacing Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar's robot drama, '2.0'.
Trade analyst however have bigger hopes for the thriller drama. According to Girish the film’s opening day collection is expected to be a whopping Rs 60-70 crore and will break records set by Thugs of Hindostan (Rs 52.25 crore), Avengers Endgame (Rs 53 crore), Happy New Year (Rs 44.97 crore) and Bharat (Rs 42.30 crore).
Saaho, features Chunky Panday, Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Mandira Bedi in important roles. Directed by Sujeeth and produced by Vamsi Krishna Reddy, the film tells the story of the power struggle between gangs in the fictional city of Waaji, and a man who has to give everything he has got to take the city back.