Deepika Padukone is continuing to reign from the top. She has reaffirmed her position as the Number One actress of the country today with Padmaavat scaling further frontiers. The film collected 5.50 crore* more on Wednesday and with this, the overall numbers stand at 231 crores*.
What makes this number further special is the fact that this is higher than Deepika’s biggest grosser till date, Chennai Express. That film had collected 227 crores* in its lifetime and Padmaavat has done that in a matter of a couple of weeks. As for Deepika’s other big success Happy New Year, its lifetime (205 crores) has already been left behind a few days back.
This is also the first time that a film with a female protagonist in the title role has scored so hugely. Baahubali 2, Tiger Zinda Hai, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan are four films in the 300 Crore Club which have all been male-dominated. However, Padmaavat is the only one which has an actress in a central role and still the 200 crore mark has been crossed.
There are bigger milestones waiting to be surpassed by the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. As you read this, Kick (232 crores) would already be left behind and that’s a huge feat indeed for Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. For both the villain as well as the hero, this is remarkable indeed and their next films would need to be really special in order to challenge this huge number.
*Estimates. Final numbers awaited
Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources
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