Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, which hit the screens on 10th January, is still going strong at the box office and is all set to achieve blockbuster status. The period action film, which also stars Kajol and Saif Ali Khan, collected INR 8.17 crore on Monday, 20th January. This is the best second Monday for a Bollywood film in recent times and has brought Tanhaji’s total earnings in India to INR 175.62 crore. The Om Raut directorial is expected to enter the INR 200 club very soon. The film may face some competition from Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Street Dancer 2, which hits the screens this Friday.
Sharing the recent earnings of the film, trade analyst Taran Adarsh said, “Tanhaji is unshakable... Packs a solid number on [second] Mon... Crosses ₹ 175 cr... Sure to challenge *lifetime biz* of #GolmaalAgain... Rewriting record books in #Maharashtra... [Week 2] Fri 10.06 cr, Sat 16.36 cr, Sun 22.12 cr, Mon 8.17 cr. Total: ₹ 175.62 cr. #India biz.”
Tanhaji has emerged as Ajay Devgn’s second highest grossing film while it is Kajol and Saif Ali Khan’s highest grossing films. Taran confirmed this in another tweet, “Tanhaji benchmarks...Crossed Rs 50 cr: Day 3. Rs 100 cr: Day 6. Rs 125 cr: Day 8. Rs 150 cr: Day 10. India biz. Surpasses *lifetime biz* of TotalDhamaal. Now Ajay Devgn’s second highest grossing film, after GolmaalAgain. Kajol and Saif Ali Khan’s highest grossing film.”
According to the latest reports, the morning occupancy on Day 12, Tuesday, was 16-18 percent, close to 18-20 percent on Monday morning. The film has however received criticism for distorting Indian history. Uday Bhatia wrote on Live Mint that the film was “cartoon history” and wrote about Saif Ali Khan’s character, the main antagonist, “Udaybhan Rathod, a Rajput general in Aurangzeb’s army, is only Mughal by allegiance. This is enough, though, for him to be saddled with what Hindi cinema would have you believe are Mughal characteristics: rapaciousness, cruelty, sadism.” He also wrote, “The flipside of all the racial stereotyping in recent Hindi historical films is that the antagonists are turning out more interesting than the heroes.”