Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak has shown growth over the weekend and managed to collect Rs 19.02 crore at the domestic box office. After collecting Rs 4.77 crore on its opening day, the film saw a rise in its business and minted Rs 6.90 crore on Saturday. It maintained the growth on Sunday and collected Rs 7.35 crore putting the total three day collection at Rs 19.02 crore.
Film trade analyst and critic Taran Adarsh shared the business figures of the film on his social media page. He also informed that the film’s major business is coming from urban multiplexes. He wrote, “#Chhapaak sees day-wise growth, but the weekend trending is good, not great… Collects well at premium multiplexes of urban sectors mainly… Needs to trend well on weekdays for a healthy Week 1 total… Fri 4.77 cr, Sat 6.90 cr, Sun 7.35 cr. Total: ₹ 19.02”
The film ran into controversy after Deepika Padukone visited Jawaharlal Nehru University only a few days before the film’s release to show solidarity with the victims of JNU attack. Soon after she visited the campus, a hashtag to boycott Chhapaak started trending on Twitter. The film does not have that much of screen count. It was released on 1700 screens in India and 460 screens abroad making the worldwide screen count to 2160. Looking at these factors, the first weekend collection is not disappointing.
Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Chhapaak is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal who was attacked at the age of 15 by a 32 years old man.
Written by Meghna Gulzar and Atika Chohan, the film is produced by Fox Star Studios, Deepika Padukone, Govind Singh Sandhu, and Meghna Gulzar. Deepika Padukone plays Malti, a character inspired from Agarwal whereas Vikrant Massey plays Amol, a social activist (and later Malti’s partner) inspired by the real life character of Alok Dixit. It was released on 10 January in theatres.