Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti hit the jackpot at the box office. The multi-starrer political thriller had a great opening weekend in the theatres both in
Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori starrer Kites was released in more than 200 theatres while Raajneeti was on 124 theatres.
The movie set a record of second biggest opening after 3 Idiots which released last year. However, a major contributor behind 3 Idiots’ success was that the movie was released during Christmas and Monday was a holiday.
Rediff.com reported that Raajneeti collected Rs.105 million on the first day and somewhere between Rs.330-350 million in the opening weekend. The production cost of the movie was Rs.550 million. The movie will have a great collection during its theatrical run as there are no other major movie releases next weekend. This means the movie will have fourteen days of theatrical run.
Raajneeti also received good response in other urban centers and in
Normally, Hindi movies based on politics do not do very well in the
Raajneeti took the number 11 spot on the box office charts. Shrek Forever After was at the top place collecting more than $25 million.
Kites opened at number 10 position in the
Raajneeti is Prakash Jha’s first successful movie in
Parinati (1988), Mrityudand (1997), Gangaajal (2003).
Raajneeti also stars Katrina Kaif, the top actress of Bollywood. In the movie, she plays the role of a female politician. Her involvement in the movie led many people to believe that Prakash Jha is going to make a movie on the Gandhi-Nehru family. Repeatedly, Prakash Jha denied that claim. He said that the story of the movie is based on a part of Mahabharata, the great epic. Few American movie critics also opined that the movie has some resemblances with Francis Ford Coppola’s movie, Godfather.