Pathan collected Rs 60 crore on the first day amid sporadic incidents of rioting in theatres.
Movie posters fed chocolate cake in Kolkata, Dugdhabhishek in Guwahati: Videos of fans dancing in theaters go viral in Mumbai: Shows begin at midnight: 300 screens put up
MUMBAI: Trade pundits have estimated that Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika’s film Pathan has crossed the Rs 60 crore mark all over India on its first day of release today, with protests in some cities across the country including Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra. Posters have been burnt. However, leaving aside the incidents of this count, the film is expected to break new records as multiplexes and single screen cinema houses throng to watch the film.
In view of the tremendous response the film is getting, new shows were also started after 12.30 pm in major cities of the country including Mumbai and Delhi. Apart from this, the number of screens for this film was also increased to 300. According to film trade pundits, the film is now being shown on 8500 screens. It is expected that the film will set a new record for the biggest opening of any Hindi film.
A unique craze for the film was also observed among the die hard fans of Shah Rukh Khan in the big cities. As Shah Rukh returns to the big screen in a lead role after four years, fans have organized various events to welcome him. The poster of the film was carried by the Shahrukh Brigade with chocolate cake in Kolkata. Some fans desecrated the film’s billboard in Guwahati. Such craze is usually seen when a Rajinikanth film is released in South. In many theaters in Mumbai, fans came out of the movies wearing T-shirts and big posters. Videos of fans dancing inside the theater also went viral.
The controversy over Deepika Padukone wearing a saffron bikini in the song Besharam Rang from the film has come to an end. In many places, Hindu organizations have also announced to withdraw the call for boycott. However, the films have faced sporadic protests in some cities of the country.
Bajrang Dal workers created ruckus at Rangmahal cinema hall in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and forced the theater owner to remove the poster of the film. They also tore the posters of the film. According to the Bhopal police, additional security arrangements have been made at the theaters showing the film. Bhopal’s Additional Commissioner of Police Sachin Kumar said that as per our information no show has been cancelled. But, we do not know whether the owner of the cinema hall took any decision voluntarily or not. According to the management of Rangmahal Cinema Hall, they canceled the first show following the protest, but the rest of the shows went on as usual.
In Indore, Hindu Jagran Manch workers hoisted the saffron flag at Sapna Sangeeta Mall and recited Hanuman Chalisa. Some protesters barged into the cinema hall and dispersed the audience. Bajrang Dal workers also created ruckus in Kastur Cinema. Assistant Commissioner of Police Dishash Agarwal admitted that some mong shows were canceled due to protests by some organisations.
Bajrang Dal workers blocked the road leading to the cinema hall in Gwalior.
The sadhus of Sant Pashupatinaash Vedshala in Patna protested against the film.
The film was also opposed in many areas including Sangli in Maharashtra. However, the Maharashtra Police, including Mumbai, have issued a stern warning to organizations opposing the film against any kind of violence or taking the law into their hands.