Coming as a stinging slap on the face of trolls who called for a ban on her film following her involvement in the anti-CAA protests, Taapsee Pannu’s Thappad witnessed a jump on the second day of release. Despite the trending hashtag, #BoycottThappad on Saturday, the Anubhav Sinha-directorial grossed a total of Rs 8.12 crore. Also Read - Inside Taapsee Pannu's New House: European Vibes, Desi Aesthetics, And Pind Feels!
Sharing the budding numbers on his social media handle, Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh revealed, “#Thappad jumps on Day 2… Occupancy at metros – target audience – witnesses substantial growth… Needs to maintain the pace on Day 3… Eyes ₹ 14 cr [+/-] total in its *opening weekend*… Fri 3.07 cr, Sat 5.05 cr. Total: ₹ 8.12 cr. #India biz. (sic).” Also Read - Filmfare 2021 Full Winners’ List: Thappad And Gulabo Sitabo Win Big, Take All Major Awards
The film revolves around domestic violence and it has managed to create a lasting impact on the audience. Thappad features a gripping storyline on a subject that has never been talked about in the mainstream cinema. The film narrates the story of a married couple played by Taapsee Pannu and Pavail Gulati and the toll their marriage takes when the husband slaps his wife in a fit of rage. Things take a drastic turn with Taapsee refuses to make peace with the insult or the show of violence that she was subjected to.
It talks about domestic violence and how even ‘one slap’ should not be endured. The film doesn’t only comment on society’s refusal to accept women who are separated or divorced but also explores the emotions of a woman who doesn’t know if she is silently making peace with a violent marriage.
Thappad has received good reviews and a terrific word of mouth on social media. The story has emerged out as something that was important to be told and Taapsee’s performance as housewife Amrita who decides to walk out of the marriage after her husband slaps her at a party, has impressed all. With Sinha’s newfound goodwill that he earned by making films like Mulk and Article 15 in the recent past, Thappad got an extra edge over other films currently running on the screens.