Alia Bhatt defeats Priyanka Chopra at the box office – here’s how

Alia Bhatt is on a rise. If Udta Punjab cemented our belief in her acting skills, Dear Zindagi has made her one of the bankable actresses of Bollywood. And now she is on a victory prowl. She has been triumphing over all other actresses this year and the latest victim to her victory is Priyanka Chopra. Yes, with 44 cr in 6 days, the film has beaten PC’s Jai Gangajaal lifetime collection which released early this year.

Taran Adarsh tweeted the numbers of DZ saying, “#DearZindagi Fri 8.75 cr, Sat 11.25 cr, Sun 12.50 cr, Mon 4.25 cr, Tue 4 cr, Wed 3.25 cr. Total: ₹ 44 cr. India biz.” You can see that the film has been consistent. Despite noticing a huge drop after first Sunday, the film has stood its ground and earned 44 cr so far. Priyanka’s cop act wrapped up at much lesser number than that. It had earned in all its runtime a meagre 32. 63 crore. Now that’s a huge deal. (Also read: Woah! Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt’s Dear Zindagi showered with praise from Hollywood filmmaker Paul Feig)

Alia Bhatt had a great year. First Kapoor & Sons got good numbers at the box office where her role may not have been as generous as Fawad Khan or Sidharth Malhotra but it was still impactful. Then came Udta Punjab which was just mind blowing. It isn’t easy to play the character of a woman who has been ravaged by men at every step. You have to show a certain mindset while doing the film. Her performance sent shivers down our spine. It’s unbelievable how she managed to pull it off. Now in Dear Zindagi, she mirrored our life and fears so effortlessly that we felt every bit of her emotion. Yes, Shah Rukh Khan has a huge hand in getting those numbers but you cannot deny it was an out and out Alia Bhatt film. She didn’t even falter in the presence of such a superstar. (Also read: Dear Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt, we LOVED you in Dear Zindagi but we can’t ignore these 7 flaws in the movie)

And now she has even trumped Priyanka Chopra. Latter had just one release this year which managed to break even. But when you have PC in a film, you expect big numbers. That didn’t happen and Alia walked past her with ease. Guess people have chosen their favourite actress and it definitely is Alia Bhatt.

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