Ayushmann Khurrana's Article 15, which released on June 28 received mixed responses from the critics as well as from the audience. The film received a warm welcome and collected Rs 5.02 Crore on Day 1. However, the film has now made a good jump on Saturday.
Ayushmann starrer has raked in Rs. 7.25 crores on its second day, taking the total to Rs 12.27 Crore. Going by the latest trends, these are good numbers for this film which isn’t one of those quintessential Bollywood flicks and hence is aimed at a certain target audience. In that aspect, the trending so far has been positive and all eyes are on how Sunday. The India Vs England cricket match might act as a speed-breaker here. Though trade analysts believe that despite the match, the film will hold its ground.
Other than the match, the other thing that might act as an obstacle is Article 15's screen count. Recently, it was reported the screening of the film has been suspended in Kanpur following protests by a religious group. A group entered the Inox multiplex and Sapna Palace theatres on Friday and stopped the screening of the film. They shouted slogans against the filmmaker and also tore posters. With this, we need to see how the film holds up at the box-office.
Talking about the film, SpotboyE Editor Vickey Lalwani rated the film with 3.5 stars and wrote, “Ayushmann depicts helplessness, determination and attitude admirably in his complex role of a cop who is up against all odds. This man knows how to separate the meat from the bone when it comes to selecting films. Isha is extremely convincing as his wife.” “Divided we fall, United we stand. But do we all understand that especially when it comes to religion in our country? Forget religion, we stand divided on caste and even sub-caste. A hilarious scene in Article 15 between the cops walking in a swamp depicts this starkly and makes you feel extremely despondent and uncomfortable. The biggest highlight of the film? Yes,” his review read.
Before the release of the film, the Karni Sena and Parshuram Sena had objections and alleged that Article 15 shows the Brahmins in a bad light. Karni Sena also threatened to stall the release of the movie. The director Anubhav Sinha faced a lot of backlashes and also received death threats. Replying to which, the director took to Twitter and penned an open letter to all those offended by the film’s trailer.
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