PadMan, starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor, has started off its box office journey on a positive note. The film, which had earned Rs 10.26 crore on its opening day, has managed to mint Rs 13.68 crore on Saturday, taking its total to Rs 23.94 crore. The R Balki directorial has shown an upward trend in terms of business, it is to be seen if the film would become yet another sleeper hit from Akshay Kumar.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#PadMan makes RAPID STRIDES on Sat… Picks up SPEED… Biz should be STRONG on Sun too… HEALTHY weekend is on the cards… Fri 10.26 cr, Sat 13.68 cr. Total: ₹ 23.94 cr. India biz.”
PadMan might ring in more money for the makers during the weekend, as people will flock in greater numbers to see Akshay Kumar in his latest venture. In a conversation with Indianexpress.com, trade analyst Girish Johar had said that PadMan is expected to improve its numbers during the weekend, and if all goes well, the movie might enter Rs 50 crore club in its opening weekend itself.
#PadMan makes RAPID STRIDES on Sat… Picks up SPEED… Biz should be STRONG on Sun too… HEALTHY weekend is on the cards… Fri 10.26 cr, Sat 13.68 cr. Total: ₹ 23.94 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 11, 2018
Earlier, PadMan was supposed to release during the Republic Day weekend along with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s Padmaavat. But Akshay had stalled the release of his movie to help Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie see the light of the day in peace.
Film critic Shubhra Gupta has given the movie two stars, and thinks the movie, despite having good intentions, isn’t particularly good.
#PadMan has a DECENT start… Fri ₹ 10.26 cr… The biz, expectedly, picked up towards evening/night shows… The journey ahead is crucial… Sat + Sun should witness strong growth for a good weekend total… India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 10, 2018
“PadMan is as worthy, but it isn’t a particularly good film. It has tonal problems, swinging between commonplace-ness and flat-out filmi-ness, because it is trying to appeal to many constituencies at the same time: a song to celebrate the onset of menstruation of a little girl uses the problematic word ‘nakel’, which means ‘to be led by the nose’. The song gives the perennially weepy Gayatri to swing her waist, but achieves little else. The arrival of perky city girl Pari (Kapoor) perks up the proceedings, even if she is used to invoke a clumsy, after-the-thought romantic angle,” the review read.