Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji The Unsung Warrior made Rs 15.10 crore on day one of the release. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the figures, “#Tanhaji exceeds expectations and posts healthy total on Day 1... Biz grew rapidly from post-noon onwards... Excellent in #Maharashtra [#Mumbai, parts of #CP and #Nizam circuits]... Glowing word of mouth should ensure solid growth on Day 2 and 3... Fri ₹ 15.10 cr. #India biz.”
Trade experts had predicted an opening of Rs 5-7 crore for Chaapaak while they expected Tanhaji The Unsung Warrior to open at over Rs 10-14 crore. Both the films are vastly different in scale and their release. Trade analyst Girish Johar emphasised on the vast difference in the number of screens and genre of the two films. “Tanhaji is a commercial entertainer which is much bigger in budget and star cast whereas Chhapaak is realistic social drama. Tanhaji has a wider release with around 3500 plus screens whereas Chhapaak has around 1500-2000 screens.”
Trade expert Akshay Rathi also said, “Chhapaak can do better in some of the multiplexes and in urban centres. Tanhaji is a mass entertainer and has a the pan India appeal, which can be an advantage over Chhapaak. Both the films cater to a different kind of audiences and both can co-exist fabulously.”
There has been divisive trends on social media after Deepika visited JNU to show solidarity with protesting students. Hashtags like #BoycottChhapaak trended as did #IStandWithDeepika.
Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Chhapaak is the story of acid attack survivor Malti (essayed by Deepika) and her fight back to normal life. The film is loosely based on Delhi’s Laxmi Aggarwal’s life.
Directed by Om Raut, Tanhaji The Unsung Warrior brings Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan and Kajol together after a long time. The film is a period saga that traces the story of Tanhaji Malusare (Ajay), a subedaar in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s army.