Rajneeti directed by Prakash Jha was expected to open to good numbers, but few would have predicted the film – released on a limited number of prints – to go on and beat the opening records of every other film except Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots.
Yes, Rajneeti starring Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal, Ajay Devgan, Manoj Bajpai, Naseeruddin Shah and others has beaten the opening weekend figures of My Name Is Khan, Housefull and Kites.. all starring superstars like Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan!
Below are the weekend figures
- Friday – 10.25 crores
- Saturday – 11 crores
- Sunday 12.74 crores
- Total – 34 crores
In comparison, Kites – Ghajini – MNIK – Housefull all approximately netted 30 crores over the weekend.
Is it a sign of Ranbir Kapoor ever rising star power? Or was it the presence of Katrina Kaif that did the trick? Either way, Rajneeti has taken the industry by surprise and also helped get over the gloom that had set in after the Kites debacle.
It would be interesting to see how Rajneeti sustains during the weekdays. Could it bet the first non Aamir Khan film to cross 50 crores in Week 1? Also, few mutli-starrers without the presence of big stars have crossed the 70 crore nett mark in India. Can Rajneeti do so?