Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed magnum opus, Padmaavat, which has been at the centre of nationwide protests, vandalism and even violence by fringe groups alleging distortion of Rajput history and heritage, has managed to beat lifetime box office collection of another Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone starrer and Bhansali’s last bollywood film, Bajirao Mastani and that too in just 10 days. The period drama released on January 25 has already raked in Rs 192.50 crore (estimated) in comparison to Bajirao Mastani’s collection of Rs 188 crore. Padmaavat has set cash registers ringing on its release date by raking in Rs 24 crore and then going on to collect Rs 114 crore at the end of opening weekend. The film has managed Rs 16 crore on second Saturday and a similar amount is expected on Sunday as well, hence, the film has been creating records virtually on a daily basis.
“#Padmaavat shows MASSIVE JUMP on Sat… Will cross ₹ 200 cr today [Sun]… Is already SLB, Ranveer and Shahid’s HIGHEST GROSSER… Will be Deepika’s HIGHEST GROSSER once it crosses #ChennaiExpress… [Week 2] Fri 10 cr, Sat 16 cr. Total: ₹ 192.50 cr. India biz.” tweeted trade anmalyst Taran Adarsh. The film is all set to enter the massive Rs 200 crore club on Saturday, achieving another milestone as Padmaavat would enter the big league consisting of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Sultan and Dangal and would be the 15th film to do so. According, to Taran Adarsh the film has already become Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ranveer Singh’s highest grosser, both of them shared Bajirao Mastani as their highest grossing film before Padmaavat’s success.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have both proved to be good for Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Bhansali with Padmaavat has now cast the duo for the third time and that marks the highly successful trilogy for the star team of the director, with Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani being the other two. It remains to be seen will this trilogy be the end of the director-actor combination or Sanjay Leela Bhansali has something else up his sleeves.