The Hush Post: Karni Sena might have won half the battle by instilling fear in the minds of the Indian masses. Out of fear, people have given in to the whimsical attitude of the violence-mongers. Most of the multiplexes, movie theatres like PVR cinemas, multiplexes at Metropolitan and City Centre malls, Star Mall in Noida, SRS Cinemas at Omaxe Mall, among many others ran to half their capacity. Many like the Ambience Mall in Gurgaon pasted cancellation circulars of the movie Padmavat at the front door to hoodwink rowdy protestors at the mall. “Dear guests, the screening of the movie Padmaavat has been cancelled”: the circular at the entrance to Ambience Mall read.
Despite being heavily fortified with security officials, several malls, where the movie is being screened, appeared deserted as people chose to get stuck in a difficult situation because of the anti-Padmavat protests. The film collected an estimated Rs 18 crore on its first day at the ticket window, according to a report on boxofficeindia.com. The film was expecting to cross Rs 20 crore mark. In normal circumstances, it was expected to go beyond the Rs 30 crore mark, going by media reports. The total worldwide collection was Rs 2 crore on the first day. The film got a good response down south in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Calcutta. Going by public response, the film might stay longer in theatres as people do not want to miss Sanjay Leela Bhansali’‘s magnus opus on the big screen, but will wait for the violent protests die down.
Meanwhile, the Karni Sena has said that it will soon start rolling the film on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s mother.