Witnessing a gradual but steady dip in numbers this week, Om Raut-directorial Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, starring actors Kajol, Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan, visibly crawled and it yet to enter the coveted Rs 200 crore club. Minting a total of Rs 197.45 crore so far, the war drama has emerged as Ajay’s highest grosser.
Sharing the panting numbers on his social media handle with polished appreciation, Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote, “#Tanhaji packs a fantastic total in Week 2… Will hit double century on Day 15 [Fri], emerge #AjayDevgn’s highest grosser on Day 16 [Sat]… [Week 2] Fri 10.06 cr, Sat 16.36 cr, Sun 22.12 cr, Mon 8.17 cr, Tue 7.72 cr, Wed 7.09 cr, Thu 7.02 cr. Total: ₹ 197.45 cr. #India biz. #Tanhaji biz at a glance… Week 1: ₹ 118.91 cr Week 2: ₹ 78.54 cr Total: ₹ 197.45 cr #India biz. SUPER-HIT. Screen count in Week 3 – #India: 2000 screens. #Tanhaji benchmarks… Crossed ₹ 50 cr: Day 3 ₹ 100 cr: Day 6 ₹ 125 cr: Day 8 ₹ 150 cr: Day 10 ₹ 175 cr: Day 11 #India biz. #Tanhaji is the first *non-holiday* success story of *2020*. (sic).”
The collections of Tanhaji spiked up also because it was projected against Chhapaak as part of the anti-Deepika Padukone campaigns that ran on social media after the actor’s visit to Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University amid protests and unrest. Free tickets of Tanhaji were sold by various political leaders and the people supporting the right-wing to ensure that Chhapaak doesn’t get enough screens and importance in front of the Ajay Devgn starrer. The film has crossed the benchmark of Rs 175 crore at the Box Office and it will eventually cross Rs 200 crore in the coming days but not before getting some backlash for being Islamophobic and unfactual.
Interestingly, Saif Ali Khan, who plays the main antagonist in the film, accepted that his film tampered with the historic facts to impress the masses and sell ‘what runs’. In his latest interview, he said what it showed is not history and he regrets not speaking up earlier.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior features Ajay Devgn in the titular role. The film is based on the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670. Kajol, who essays the role of the wife of Tanhaji, Savitribai Malusare, is shown as a strong character, who accompanies him in taking firm decisions. Saif Ali Khan, who plays the antagonist, comes out strong as Uday Bhan, a Rajput official, who works for Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.