Saif Ali Khan’s Laal Kaptaan hit the theatres on Friday, 18th October, and has earned INR 50 lakh on its opening day, as per a report by Box Office India. The film has been directed by Navdeep Singh, who has previously directed critically acclaimed films NH10 and Manorama Six Feet Under. Navdeep’s third project, a revenge thriller, also stars Zoya Hussain, Deepak Dobriyal and Manav Vij, with a cameo by Sonakshi Sinha. The action drama film, set in the late 1800s and starring Saif as bounty hunter Naga Sadhu, earned even less than Sonam Kapoor’s The Zoya Factor, which collected INR 70 lakh on its opening day. Lal Kaptaan clashed at the box office with Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which earned INR 70 lakh on its first day.
Laal Kaptaan has received a mixed reaction from critics. Kumar Shyam wrote in The National that Laal Kaptaan was a “well-directed tale of riveting moments from a man's life journey during which there is only one agenda: revenge.” His final verdict was as follows, “With a feast of three big movies lined up for release on Diwali, the money saved on going to see Laal Kaptaan may well be better spent watching them instead.”
A review in the Hindustan Times read, “The punch to the gut you expected in the second half never comes and the thrill of the chase fades. You see the big reveal coming a mile off and the climax feels forced. That is the trouble with long journeys — they take away the fun of finally reaching your destination.” Saif Ali Khan has however received praise for his acting skills and physical transormation for the role, although his look for the film has been compared to Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) from Pirates of the Carribean.