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'Padmaavat' opens big at box office, earns Rs 190 mn on opening day

The figures come at a time when the Multiplex Association of India had said that its members would not screen the film in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Security personnel stand guard outside a cinema house after the release of the film

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama "Padmaavat" got a steady start at the box office today, notwithstanding the widespread protests against the film with many theatres deciding against its screening.

The film based on 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's work 'Padmavat' got mired in controversy after various Rajput groups, including the Karni Sena, alleged that it distorted history, a claim denied by Bhansali.

Historians, however, are divided on whether Padmavati existed.

The film had opened to select paid previews across the country on January 24 and collected Rs 500 million, Viacom 18 sources said.

On its opening day i.e. January 25, the film minted Rs 190 million, they said.

The figures come at a time when the Multiplex Association of India, which represents around 75 per cent of multiplex owners in the country, had said that its members would not screen the film in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa.

However, in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, not even the single-screen theatres dared to screen the film on the opening day.

In Goa, only a couple of single-screen theatres screened it amid police security.

The film starring Deepika Padukone, and was released yesterday after the (CBFC) cleared it last month with a 'U/A' certificate and five modifications, including the title change from "Padmavati" to "Padmaavat".

While parts of north India saw violence owing to the release of the film, police maintained a tight vigil outside theatres in Mumbai screening the film.

Some policemen were also deployed inside the cinema halls to thwart any attempt to disrupt the screening, said an official.

The city police had also tightened security at the residences of Bhansali and Padukone here.

First Published: Fri, January 26 2018. 22:39 IST
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