‘Ram Leela’ collects 52.5 crore in the opening weekend

Amidst controversies, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s dream project, ‘Ram Leela’ was up for the audience to applaud on Friday and the response was unbelievable. Through the film received mixed reviews from critics, audience with immense interest stepped to the theatre to watch Bhansali’s masterpiece and fine art. The film made an opening weekend collection of Rs 52.2 crore.

Though it was Sachin Tendulkar’s Friday, the film managed to made  16 cr on Friday alone, on Saturday the numbers rose to Rs. 17.5 crore and on Sunday being a holiday, the film earned 19 crore, totaling to Rs 52.5 crore in the opening weekend.  These numbers have made the film the fourth highest opening day grosser of 2013.

Trade analyst, Taran Adrash wrote on Twitter, "#RamLeela continues to win hearts. Saturday Rs.17.5 cr. Total so far: Rs.33.5 cr nett. Expect a bigger total on Sunday". And soon after called the film the "5th biggest opener of 2013... Deepika's 3rd biggest opener... Ranveer's biggest opener!"

Set in the violet times of Gujarat, the film was high on emotions, sex quotient and violence but trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote about the concept, "It's violent, has sexual overtones, contains strong lingo... even an item number (Priyanka Chopra)".

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is full of praise for the film and the young talents and informed that he watched the film thrice in 24 hours.

"There is a certain joy in acknowledging the accomplishments of another. I did so today for 'Ram-leela', the film and its glorious cast and crew...All that have made this film a most memorable experience for me," Amitabh posted on his blog srbachchan.tumblr.com.

Big B sent flowers and personally spoke to cast and congratulated them for the masterpiece and their performances.

"I am in awe of their accomplishments in such a short period. The sincerity and the absolute correct note in their early performances is incredible. How they are able to get the tone balance and graph of the characters they play to perfection is a mystery to me, and I shall always laud them for it.

"They are truly the brightest future of cinema in India...and I am filled with pride that I form a small portion of this fraternity," he added.