Amongst various records that Satyameva Jayate has scored, one of the biggest is where it has emerged as the highest grossing film despite an ‘adults only’ certificate. Though it released on the national holiday of Independence Day, it lost the advantage of a family outing due to the ‘A’ tag.
Let’s take a look at the other ‘A’ certified films which managed to score a double digit on the opening day, and how Satyameva Jayate stands in comparison:
Satyameva Jayate – Rs. 20.52 crore
Grand Masti – Rs. 12.50 crore
Veere Di Wedding – Rs. 10.70 crore
Shootout at Wadala – Rs. 10.10 crore
Raaz 3 – Rs. 10.25 crore
Incidentally, Milap Zaveri, the director of Satyameva Jayate, is the writer of three of these top-five films. While Satyameva Jayate is a revenge drama, Grand Masti is a sex-comedy whereas Shootout at Wadala is a gangster tale, which speaks volumes of the hold that the young filmmaker has on the pulse of adult audiences.
Satyameva Jayate has in fact also scored bigger than many other popular successful A certificate films, two of which are franchises:
Hate Story 3 – Rs. 9.72 crore
The Dirty Picture – Rs. 9.54 crore
Ragini MMS 2 – Rs. 8.43 crore
Each of the aforementioned films had erotica as the driving factor, whereas Satyameva Jayate doesn’t even have an iota of this ingredient and instead relies primarily on the violence, blood and gore. The audiences though haven’t really minded and that reflected in consistent footfalls that the film managed right through the opening day.