In Bollywood, every Friday is defining a film's fate. But amid that, festivals and holidays are a little more special. From Independence Day and Republic Day to Eid and Diwali among other celebrations, these days indeed turn out to be fruitful in not only attracting a higher footfall of the audience but are now heavily related to a star and his brand these days. For example, Akshay Kumar, who is on a roll with his patriotic films, usually likes an Independence Week or a Republic Week. Salman Khan, on the other hand, is a special attraction on Eid.
On that note, let's take a quick look on how the past five Republic Days went.
This Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus was the first film that featured Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, NOT as an on-screen couple. Instead, Deepika was paired with Shahid Kapoor. Padmaaavat hit the screens after a prolonged controversy with right-wing outfit Rajput Karni Sena issuing violent threats, accusing the film of tampering the history and dishonouring Queen Padmavati. Made on a budget with approximately Rs 215 crore, the film made over Rs 300 crore in the domestic box office.
Kaabil and Raees
The Republic Day of 2017 saw a box office clash between Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil and Shah Rukh Khan's Raees. Kaabil, revolving around a blind man's revenge saga, minted a good Rs 120 crore (at a budget of fewer than 90 crores) approximately. Raees, on the other hand, earned around Rs 176 crore (at a budget of over 120 crore) but was thumbed down by the critics.
Akshay Kumar's Airlift, based on the largest event of human evacuation so far, became a smashing success, earning over Rs 150 crore, more than double of its budget. The film was widely loved by both the audience and the critics.
The week next to Airlift, R Madhavan's Saala Khadoos, a sports drama, won people's hearts all across. It starred debutante Ritika Singh as an aspiring boxer while Madhavan played a coach. The film clashed with Milap Zaveri's adult comedy Mastizaade , which earned around Rs 25 crore. The Hindi version of Saala Khadoos, sadly, wasn't a commercial success.
The Republic Week of 2015 belonged to Akshay Kumar as well. By then, his formula of patriotic films was already reaping the fruit. Neeraj Pandey's action thriller spy film Baby banked on strong word of mouth. Also starring Taapsee Pannu, Rana Dagubati and Anupam Kher in pivotal roles, it minted over Rs 100 crore (at a budget of over 50 crores).
Salman Khan's Jai Ho received disastrous reviews from all corners but still managed to mint around 150 crores. The credit unarguably goes to Salman, who is yet the industry's biggest crowd magnet. It marked the Bollywood debut of Daisy Shah.
This Republic week, Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika and Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Thackeray lock horns at the box office. While the first one is the story of Jhansi's Rani Laxmibai and her rise to bravery, the second one is the biopic of late Bal Thackeray, the founder of Shiv Sena. Which one would be your pick? Let us know!