Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ earns Rs 4 crore in paid previews

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Mumbai: Amid continuous protests, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmaavat’ finally released today and the film is expected to do a good business.

Made on a budget of Rs 150 crore, ‘Padmaavat’ was released in 4,000 screens across the country.

According to reports, the Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor starrer has opened to good paid previews, which was in 3D screens. The film collected Rs 4 crore in the paid previews.

However, the protest is still going on in various parts of the country like Rajasthan, Bihar, UP and Haryana.

“Looking at the anticipation around the film, I am pretty sure the collections would be in tune to around Rs 20 crore. Despite the film would not get the screens in many areas, I am still very confident that film will get good numbers. I am sure the figures will be extraordinary throughout the week. The status advance booking is amazing in 3D and IMAX properties. Well, yes the controversy has affected the film especially in places like Rajasthan. The screen count of the film is 3800 plus,” a trade expert told an entertainment portal.

“Advance booking is really good in the regions – Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. If you ask me about the first-day figures, it’s really difficult as till now – there’s not much that I know about the screen count. It will be cleared by tomorrow. The controversy around the film has affected the film and when you don’t have screens in places like MP, Haryana, Gujarat and Rajasthan – it’s a little difficult. Talking about figures, I can say the film would earn Rs 12 crore to Rs 15 crore,” he added.

Meanwhile, ‘Padmaavat’ was not released in Madhya Pradesh, with theatre owners voicing security concerns.

As per reports, the Madhya Pradesh government will file a review petition in the Supreme Court.

Sources reveal that on Wednesday activists of the Karni Sena, while protesting outside a cinema hall here, burned a car and also warned other cinema hall owners to be prepared for dire consequences if they released the film.

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