A Gentleman, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez not surprisingly lagged on Monday. To overtake its hefty budget, the film will have to cover a lot of ground over the coming weekdays. The recent events surrounding the conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim of rape may have played spoilsport. During a chat with trade analyst Girish Johar, he had spoken about how all the films that released last week failed to create any massive impact at the box office this weekend. A Gentleman earned as much as Rs 13.13 crore at the box office on its opening weekend as told by trade analyst Taran Adarsh. On Monday it earned only Rs 2.03 crore, taking its total to Rs 15.16 crore. It’s Friday and Saturday numbers were not significantly different as business remained static on all weekend days.
Taran Adarsh tweeted the fugures and said, “#AGentleman remains low… Fri 4.04 cr, Sat 4.36 cr, Sun 4.73 cr, Mon 2.03 cr. Total: ₹ 15.16 cr. India biz.”
#AGentleman remains low… Fri 4.04 cr, Sat 4.36 cr, Sun 4.73 cr, Mon 2.03 cr. Total: ₹ 15.16 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 29, 2017
The film also released at a time when Section 144 was imposed in certain parts of the country in the light of the Dera Sacha Sauda disturbance and verdict of Ram Rahim Singh. Tensions followed in states like Punjab and Haryana, affecting the box office business in the north Indian states. That’s not all. Sidharth Malhotra also found himself at the receiving end of trolls, when he tried to express his concern over the disturbance but ended up promoting his film instead. He later posted another tweet clarifying that what he had said was prior to the violent clash that took place in Haryana and Punjab, but he had already invited enough backlash by then.