Aarakshan opened to a decent response on Friday with all India collections in the Rs 5 crore range. About Rs 1.5 crores was lost due to the film’s no-show at three important states in India.
There is relief for the producers though, as the ban has been revoked as of Saturday afternoon, in two states – Andhra Pradesh and Punjab.
In Uttar Pradesh, the bigger market, the film is unlikely to open in theaters before the Supreme Court’s verdict on Tuesday.
Prakash Jha, the producer and director of Aarakshan, was elated “It is a relief that the film is finally going to release in Andhra Pradesh and Punjab. I’m overwhelmed by the show of support from the common citizens of India who are going to watch the film. It is reassuring to know that the right to freedom of expression is a real right for every Indian citizen. We are working towards getting the film released in Uttar Pradesh as well”
After the usual Saturday – Sunday weekend, Monday being Independence day will benefit Aarakshan. The film is likely to collect around 20 – 23 crores during its extended 4 day weekend.