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Bollywood Talk – Will Padmaavat shine at the box office?


The wait is over. The much awaited ‘Padmaavat’ is finally out in theatres for the world to see. The film’s problems are still not over and nobody can predict what will happen next and in how many theatres it would release nationwide. But one thing is for sure – the film is expected to take a thunderous opening wherever it opens.

The advance booking of the film started on Saturday itself, especially for the paid previews. And almost all the shows are sold, especially the late night ones. Though ‘Padmaavat’ is a Republic Day release, it had a full release on Thursday. The paid previews started to take place from Wednesday. The excitement is such that the opening can be huge. Today surely it will be huge but tomorrow, the collections would be slightly affected as it’s a non-holiday. Yet, it can be quite significant, going by last year’s experiences. In 2017, ‘Raees’ and ‘Kaabil’ were Republic Day releases. And both collectively collected around 28 crore. ‘Padmaavat’ can also collect in that range, provided it gets an all-India release. That looks difficult at the moment. But a 20 crore opening can’t be ruled out.

And from the paid previews, it can easily earn around 6-7 crore. Republic Day meanwhile will be very huge, with collections expected to go over 30 crore. Saturday and Sunday can be big as well. If the reports are positive, the collections can be around 120-125 crore by Sunday which will be great! From Monday, it will be the content that does the talking. So the film gets a proper release and carries good reports, ‘Padmaavat’ can emerge as Ranveer Singh’s highest grosser!

It’s really sad that the film is facing these issues and got delayed. But here’s hoping that the ‘acche din’ (good days) are here for Sanjay Leela Bhansali are team and that the audience go out in hordes to see this flick!


Bollywood Talk – Will Padmaavat make it to the theatres?

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