The Alia Bhatt starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali finally hit screens yesterday, after much talk the film which has been one of the most keenly anticipated releases opened to positive reviews from the critics. But, given the film’s topic, and the ongoing pandemic restrictions, the question of the hour was, will Gangubai Kathiawadi entice audience to theatres?
In this box office report we take a look at the opening day collections of Gangubai Kathiawadi while comparing the same to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s previous releases. Collecting Rs. 10.50 cr, Gangubai Kathiawadi surpasses Guzaarish that had collected Rs. 4 cr to become Bhansali’s 4th highest all-time opening day grosser. Preceding the film are the filmmakers previous releases like Padmaavat that collected Rs. 24 cr, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela that collected Rs. 16 cr, and Bajirao Mastani that had collected Rs. 12.8 cr. However, Gangubai Kathiawadi does manage to out beat Bhansali’s other releases like Saawariya that collecte Rs. 3 cr, Devdas that collected Rs. 2.09 cr, Black that collected Rs. 1.03 cr, and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam that had collected Rs. 0.92 cr.
Currently, with positive reviews from the audience, critics and industry folks the business of Gangubai Kathiawadi is expected to increase by leaps and bounds. Add to this the centre relaxing pandemic protocols essentially curbing the 50% occupancy limitation in many locations, the business of the film is certain to see a massive jump. In fact, trade predicts around a Rs. 30-35 cr opening weekend for the film.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Top 10 Highest All-Time Opening Day Grossers:
Padmaavat – Rs. 24 cr
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela – Rs. 16 cr
Bajirao Mastani – Rs. 12.8 cr
Gangubai Kathiawadi – Rs. 10.50 cr
Guzaarish – Rs. 4 cr
Saawariya – Rs. 3 cr
Devdas – Rs. 2.09 cr
Black – Rs. 1.03 cr
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam – Rs. 0.92 cr
Khamoshi The Musical - Rs. 0.54 cr