John Abraham starrer Batla House crossed the ₹50 crore mark within five days of its release. The movie continues its golden run at the box office. As per early estimates, the film earned around Rs 6.20 crore on Tuesday, taking its total collection so far to around Rs 60.69 crore.
Batla House, which released on Independence Day, has been raking in the money despite clashing at the box office with another big Bollywood release – Jagan Shakti’s Mission Mangal, starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menen.
Trade analysts reveal that Batla House is performing well in the North markets, with a large chunk of the revenue coming in from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Directed by Nikkhil Advani, Batla House stars John Abraham as Sanjay Kumar, a police officer inspired by real-life hero DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, who is a recipient of the President’s Gallantry Award. The film tells the story of the controversial Batla House encounter in September 2008, in which two alleged terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen and a decorated officer of the Delhi Police were killed.
Approximate six-day box office collection of Batla House: Rs 60.69 crore
Batla House was caught in the middle of a controversy when a petition seeking a stay on its release was filed in the Delhi High Court by Ariz Khan, who is facing trial in the Batla House shootout case, and Shahzad Ahmed, who is serving a life term and has appealed against his sentence in the high court.
However, after the makers agreed to insert disclaimers and modify a few scenes, the Delhi High Court gave it a go-ahead.
In an interview with IANS, John said that his film was patriotic and not jingoistic. “One of the reasons why, over the past five years, filmmakers are making films on stories that have something to do with our national pride, our achievements and our story. Today’s youth is proud to be an Indian,” he said.
“There are those who are blinded by everything we do, and that is called nationalism. A patriot is slightly different. He has a critical opinion on things that require a change to build a better society,” the actor explained.
Batla House needs to continue its momentum at the box office for at least another week to enter the coveted Rs 100-crore club. It remains to be seen if the film manages to hold its ground in the coming days.