Ajay Devgn and Kajol-starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior has only seen a rise in earnings ever since its release on 10 January, alongside Chhapaak and Darbar. The film made Rs 13.75 crore on Monday, followed by Rs 15.28 crore on Tuesday. The current domestic box office collection stands at Rs 90.96 crore.
Trade analysts expect the historical drama to easily slide past the Rs 100 crore mark on its sixth day at cinemas. Day 6 earnings have been higher than what the film made on its opening day.
Featuring Ajay Devgn as Maratha warrior Subedar Tanaji Malusare, the Om Raut directorial charts the heroic character’s journey through the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670 AD.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior sees Kajol reunite with Devgn onscreen after over a decade. She is seen as the Maratha warrior’s wife Savitribai. The film also stars Sharad Kelkar, Jagapathi Babu, Devdutta Nage, Pankaj Tripathi, Neha Sharma, Ajinkya Deo, Kailash Waghmare, Hardik Sangani, Luke Kenny, and Vipul G in supporting roles.
In an interview with Kajol, who played Tanaji’s wife Savitribai, spoke about working with Devgn once again. We have done many films together so it wasn’t something very different working with him now. But it was very comfortable and very convenient because we used to travel to work at the same time and go carpooling. It felt like home,” she said. She added it was good to have him as a co-actor because he always gave useful advice and input.
The collections of Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar’s social drama Chhapaak, which took a hit after its opening weekend, have benefited from the partial holiday of Makar Sankranti on Tuesday, 14 January.
The film earned a decent Rs 2.55 crore on Tuesday, pushing its current total to Rs 23.92 crore.
According to trade analysts, the film’s business is expected to remain steady on 15 January.
Based on the life of acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Agarwal, Chhapaak released on 10 June, alongside Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan-starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and Rajinikanth-starrer Darbar. Tanhaji is already on the cusp of entering the Rs 100-crore club as its collection currently stands at Rs 90.96 crore.
Ahead of the release of the film, Deepika had visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi to express her solidarity following the masked mob attacks on the students on 5 January. After her visit, a social media-wide boycott was called by those who opposed her stance. Many assumed her visit to JNU had affected the overall performance of the film at the box office. However, the boycott has supposedly not affected the ticketing sales for Chhapaak.
Trade analyst Atul Mohan told Firstpost, “Even before the boycott, we were expecting the film to open at Rs 3.5 to 4.5 crore, as the release was very limited. It is still a limited release. They haven’t gone all out. The film has received well in the multiplexes of Chandigarh, Delhi, and the northern part of the country. The film registered good occupancy in the high-end multiplexes.”
Chhapaak also stars Vikrant Massey, Madhurjeet Sarghi, Vishal Dahiya, and Ankit Bisht in supporting roles. Meghna Gulzar has directed the film written by Atika Ghosh. It was recently declared tax-free in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
After releasing the foot-tapping number ‘Illegal Weapon 2.0.’, makers of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor’s Street Dancer 3D have shared a poignant track titled ‘Dua Karo’.
Arijit Singh, Bohemia and Sachin-Jigar have lent their voices for the track. The lyrics of ‘Dua Karo’ are by Priya Saraiya and the track is composed by Sachin-Jigar.
Dua Karo’ opens to Dhawan’s character facing a clash with his friends, after they accuse him of lying and treachery. The song then switches to montages of Dhawan introspecting himself on busy streets, walking on bridges and trying to make up with his friends. In a dance sequence, ‘Dua Karo’ seems like a faint reminder of ABCD 2 song
The first song released by the makers was ‘Muqabla,’ a rehashed version of Prabhu Deva’s iconic number ‘Muqabla Muqabla’ from the 1994 film Humse Hai Muqabla. The song features Prabhu, Varun, and Shraddha locking and popping with ease, as they sway to the classic dance steps from the songs. There are many other interesting formations and rain dance sequences in the rehashed song.
The trailer, released on 18 December, portrays Dhawan as an Indian dancer and Shraddha as a performer from Pakistan. Shakti Mohan, Aparkshakti Khurana, and Nora Fatehi feature in supporting roles.
The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Krishan Kumar, and Lizelle D’Souza. Street Dancer 3D is slated to release on 24 January, alongside Kangana Ranaut-starrer sports drama Panga.
The first trailer of Jawaani Jaaneman was released on 9 January. The trailer opens to Saif Ali Khan’s mother (Farida Jalal) telling him about an acquaintance whose son was gay. To this he replies that he was not interested in men and even if he was he did not see it as a problem. His amused brother (Kumud Mishra) assures her that it was not the case.
Then we see how Saif’s character, an aging Don Juan, is vehemently against the idea of marriage and having family. “Sher hu mai sher. Aur sher tab tak raja hota hai jab tak akela rehta hai (I am a lion. A lion is only king till he is on his own),” he says. His bubble is soon burst when Alaya Furniturewalla finds her in an alley and tells him that there was a chance that he is her father.
This development now forces him to suddenly grow up and take up responsibilities he had been shirking for so long. Tabu plays Alaya’s mother, who also finds her way to his house.
Jawani Janeman is directed by Nitin Kakkar, who had previously directed Filmistaan and Mitron. The film went on floors in London in June, 2019. The film is produced by Saif’s production house Black Knight Films, Jay Shewakramani’s Northern Lights Films, and Jackky Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment.
“It’s one of the most uber-cool stories that I have come across. We are excited about the film going on floors and really looking forward to it,” Bhagnani had previously said in a statement.
The film is slated to hit cinemas on 31 January.