Box-office: ‘Padmaavat’ earns Rs 19 crore on day 1 amidst protest

Despite protests in Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, ‘Padmaavat’ opened with rave reviews and witnessed promising first day collection. Released on January 25, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s mega-project has collected Rs 19 crore on its opening day.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted about the opening day collection of ‘Padmaavat’# Despite non-screening in few states and protests/disturbances, #Padmaavat fares VERY WELL on Day 1... Had it been a peaceful/smooth all-India release, the biz would’ve touched ? 28 / ? 30 cr... Wed [limited preview screenings] 5 cr, Thu 19 cr. Total: ? 24 cr. India biz.

Talking about the paid preview shows on Wednesday, Taran had earlier tweeted the first box office figures, “Despite challenges and extremely limited preview shows [which commenced in evening], #Padmaavat collects ? 5 cr in previews screenings on Wed.”

Meanwhile, talking about the first day box-office report, Deepika Padukone said the movie has spoken for itself, against all the odds it faced from the very beginning. "I think there is a time for everything. The film has spoken for itself like you have seen the reactions to the film. It has been phenomenal. That is in a way the best response we can give, through the work that we do," said Deepika.

Despite Censor board certification and Supreme Court ordered, few states of India continued its protest against the periodic drama. From the very beginning, Karni Sena turned rebel for ‘Padmaavat’. Multi-core sets were damaged, costumes burnt, Sanjay Leela Bhansali was attacked. Their anger intensified when the film received censor board certification and Supreme Court nod.

Stones were thrown at GD Goenka School bus carrying school kids near Bhondsi in Sohna, few protesters even burnt a govt bus in Haryana. Security at the theaters in Delhi has been beefed up. Malls were damaged and many more unpleasant incidents were reported.