Padmaavat enters Rs 500 crore club, Bhansali’s most successful film till date
With a collection of over Rs 500 crore crore, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ is proving to be unstoppable as it goes on to become the director’s biggest film of his career.
The Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh-Shahid Kapoor starrer has till date raked in a whopping Rs. 525 crores worldwide at the box office, of which around Rs 265 crore was earned in the domestic market.
The film was made on a budget of Rs 180 crore, with an additional Rs 20 crore spent on converting it to a 3D version.
Only handful Bollywood films like Dangal, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai and Dhoom 3 have made it to the Rs 500 crore club.
‘Padmaavat’ has beaten the records of the director’s previous films, including top grossers ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela’, in terms of its box office collections.
Based on 16th-century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem ‘Padmavat’, the film was caught in a row after protests from Shri Rajput Karni Sena which contended that it distorts historical facts and dents the pride of the Rajput community.
As a result of the ensuing violence, the movie did not release in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh or saw a partial release in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali expressed his gratitude towards the audience for accepting the film.
“It’s a special feeling when your film receives so much love from audiences across the world. ‘Padmaavat’ is a film that’s very close to my heart because I wanted to present our rich Indian culture to the rest of the world via the medium of cinema. As a filmmaker, there can be no better feeling than seeing audiences react so positively,” he said.
Padmaavat stars Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh alongside Deepika Padukone playing Padmavati and Ranveer Singh as Allaudin Khilji.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, with some appreciating the movie for its visual brilliance and impeccable performances, while others slamming it for glorifying the practice of Jauhar (self-immolation).