Satyameva Jayate is one of two films that tried to cash in on the Independence Day holiday, with the other being Akshay Kumar’s Gold. And both films shared big pieces of the pie. Satyameva Jayate, starring John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee, had a great start, earning Rs 20.52 crore, but saw a decline on the second day, taking home Rs 7.92 crore. Now, on the third day the film has picked up yet again and has minted Rs 9.18 crore.
As per Bollywood Hungama, Satyameva Jayate is unstoppable at the box office and continues to maintain its strong growth. On Day 3 it has collected Rs. 9.18 crore bringing the total collections to Rs. 37.62 crore.
Satyameva Jayate is an action film about a hooded vigilante, Veer (John Abraham) with a particularly ruthless brand of justice. He goes about setting fire to corrupt cops. Manoj Bajpayee plays Veer’s brother DCP Shivansh Rathod. The film has received mixed critical reception, with most of the criticism going towards the gore and violence. Veer does not seem to have a code, no limit, like other fictional vigilantes do.
#SatyamevaJayate saw a big dip on Day 2… Expected to show an upward trend today [Day 3]… Single screens/mass belt remains strong… Wed 20.52 cr, Thu 7.92 cr. Total: ₹ 28.44 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 17, 2018
The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave a negative review to Satyameva Jayate. She said, “An effective vigilante film has its guilty pleasures: who doesn’t like a bad guy come to a worse end? But not when the plot offers creaky tropes, and revives all the forgotten horrors of this kind of movie, where you dispense good taste in the pursuit of hoots and whistles. There’s so much gore that even hardened viewers may flinch, and there’s something entirely gratuitous about characters being made to mouth thunderous lines against people taking the law in their hands, and then showing humans being burnt and beaten.”
Like with Gold, an Independence Day release worked out well for Satyameva Jayate, though its fall on the second day must have been shocking. But since the weekend is here, makers should not worry for the time being. After that, everything depends on the buzz.