Despite facing a stiff competition from Akshay Kumar's Mission Mangal, John Abraham's Batla House performed exceedingly well at the ticket windows. The cop-actioner raked in Rs 47.99 crore in its extended opening weekend and turned out to be the ninth highest weekend grosser of the year beating biggies like Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, De De Pyaar De and Student of the Year 2.
Here are the top opening weekend grossers of 2019
Bharat - Rs 150.10 crore (5 Day Weekend)
Mission Mangal - Rs 97.56 crore (4 Day weekend)
Kesari - Rs 77.56 crore (4 Day Weekend)
Gully Boy - Rs 72.45 crore (4 Day Weekend)
Kabir Singh - Rs 70.83 crore
Kalank - Rs 66.03 crore (5 Day Weekend)
Total Dhamaal - Rs 62.40 crore
Super 30 - Rs 50.76 crore
Batla House - Rs 47.99 crore
Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi - Rs 42.55 Cr
The Nikkhil Advani directorial casts John as DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, who headed the Batla House encounter that took place in New Delhi's Jamia Nagar in 2008. "To me, Batla House is not just a film about the most controversial encounter in recent times, an incident that got twisted and turned to suit different political agendas. It is a much bigger human story of DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, who went through excruciating personal turmoil in the line of duty," John said.
"Often in such cases, we just focus on the professional side of a person's life, forgetting the effect it has on their mental wellbeing. The post-trauma stress that Sanjeev Yadav went through, and his struggle to come to terms with it and rise above it, make for an inspiring journey, and I have tried to encapsulate it in the character I play," added the actor.
Directed by Nikkhil Advani, the film also features Ravi Kishan, Mrunal Thakur and Nora Fatehi in key roles. So, habe you watched the film? Tweet to us @bollywood_life
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