After PINK, Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu have reunited for yet another crime thriller. A remake of the Spanish film titled An Invisible Guest, Badla is helmed by Sujoy Ghosh, the filmmaker who earlier gave us a gripping thriller like Kahaani, followed by its sequel Kahaani 2. Thanks to the trailer that created enough buzz and also owing to the impact of PINK which is still remembered, the audience was eager to find out how the film unfolds.
On its first day, Badla has collected around Rs 5 crore. While it looked like a 4-crore day earlier, it picked up in the afternoon on Friday. Reportedly, the film's production cost rounds up to Rs 10 crore which went on to rise around Rs 20 crore after publicity and advertising. Badla opened at around 900-950 screens, which isn't a very high number. However, the film should pick up during the weekend. It has not only received strong reviews, but Amitabh Bachchan's star power is also believed to help the collections.
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102 Not Out, Bachchan's last release as a lead actor, minted approximately 3.5 crore on the first day. Taapsee's last release Manmarziyaan, on the other hand, was in the same range of opening. Badla has also beaten the first-day collection of PINK which was Rs 4.18 crore.
Sujoy, who was immediately impressed by The Invisible Guest, says he couldn't 'better' it than what it already was. "When I read its screenplay, my instant reaction was, ‘I can’t better this!’ I really didn’t know how to better it because it is a fantastic, precise, crisp and well-knitted screenplay. That’s why I refused and Taapsee keeps grumbling about it," he told Indian Express during a conversation.
Bachchan, in Badla, plays a lawyer who has never lost a single case in the last 40 years while Taapsee is suspected to have murdered her boyfriend.