Chhapaak earns Rs. 4.77 crore on Day 1, Tanhaji leads with Rs. 15.10 crore
Deepika Padukone’s film got off to a good start on Friday but failed to pick up pace
Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak opened in theatres on January 10. The film, directed by Meghna Gulzar, is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Releasing alongside the Ajay Devgn-starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Chhapaak secured an opening day collection of Rs 4.77 crore. The number fell short of predicted estimates, which foresaw an Rs 5 to 8 crore opening for the social drama.
As per trade reports, Chhapaak got off to a good start on Day 1 but failed to pick up pace through the day. The film performed well at high-end multiplexes but did not hit the mark in mass circuits, trade analyst Taran Adarsh claimed on Twitter.
Chhapaak, it must be noted, had an estimated screen count of 1,200 screens, less than half of Tanhaji's (2,700 screens). Ajay’s film, which tells the story of Marathi warrior Tanaji Malusare, collected Rs. 15.10 crore on Friday.
Chhapaak was embroiled in controversy earlier this week following lead actor Deepika Padukone’s visit to the JNU campus. Hashtags like #BoycottChhapaak and #ISupportDeepika were trending on Twitter. Trolls also shared images of cancelled pre-booking tickets, with the same screenshot being shared via multiple accounts.