One of the most bankable stars in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar has proved his worth yet again with his latest flick PadMan crossing Rs 50-core-mark within five days of being released. While the number may not rank up against the mammoth collections of Tiger Zinda Hai or Padmaavat, PadMan’s budget is a fraction of the other films. Directed by R Balki, PadMan also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in lead roles.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#PadMan crosses ₹ 50 cr mark… Fri 10.26 cr, Sat 13.68 cr, Sun 16.11 cr, Mon 5.87 cr, Tue 6.12 cr. Total: ₹ 52.04 cr. India biz.”
#PadMan crosses ₹ 50 cr mark… Fri 10.26 cr, Sat 13.68 cr, Sun 16.11 cr, Mon 5.87 cr, Tue 6.12 cr. Total: ₹ 52.04 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 14, 2018
While the film earned Rs 40.05 crore during the first weekend, its collections saw a dip on Monday and Tuesday which were working days. With Wednesday being a holiday in many parts of the country, Akshay’s film is expected to see a spike again.
PadMan is based on the real life story of Tamil Nadu’s Arunachalam Murugnantham who devised a way to produce cheaper sanitary pads. A Padma Shri was conferred on India’s Menstrual Man in 2016.
To generate a buzz, Akshay started the #PadManChallenge, where Bollywood celebrities such as Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, Anil Kapoor and Katrina Kaif uploaded their pictures with a sanitary napkin on social media.
The Akshay Kumar-starrer was earlier supposed to release with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat on January 25, but bowed out at the request of Bhansali. The film’s release was shifted to February 9.