While there is no stopping Kartik Aryan and Bhumi Pednekar’s Pati Patni Aur Who, the fate of Arjun Kapoor’s Panipat has been quite the opposite. Failing to leave a mark on critics and audiences, the Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon-starrer has had a disappointing first week at the box office. The period drama managed to mint a meagre INR25.60 crore at the domestic market. The collections are indeed very less as the film is made on a big budget and it has reportedly made a business of less than half of the cost of the film. This comes as a major blow to Panipat’s cast and crew.
The makers recently decided to cut the film by 12 minutes and the newly edited version will be shown from today. Hopefully, this strategy will work in favour of the film’s team. Apart from the lead cast, the film also features Mohnish Bahl in a pivotal and the actor has expressed happiness as he is getting an appreciation for his role. "It is a great feeling to see such praises coming my way. Panipat was an amazing film to work on. I had a great time shooting with Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, and Padmini Kolhapure," Mohnish said.
In the film, Arjun plays Sadashiv Rao Bhau, who leads the Marathas against Abdali, essayed by Sanjay. Kriti is cast as Sadashiv's wife Parvati Bai. "Unfortunately, I didn't get to share screen space with Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) but I'm glad to work with Ashu (Ashutosh Gowariker), who is a phenomenal director, and also (Ashutosh's wife and the film's producer) Sunita Gowariker, who is a great human being," Mohnish added. Panipat has been courting controversy ever since it released, with protests rising against the portrayal of King Surajmal in a negative light. Fingers crossed, the film will have a better second week at the ticket windows!