Sunny Deol-starrer Gadar 2 continues to soar at the Indian box office, raking in a total of Rs 263 crore since its Independence Day release. After minting over Rs 55 crore on opening day, the action drama is still putting up a steady show, trade analysts said.
On its way to the Rs 300-crore club, Gadar 2 has already surpassed the box office numbers of The Kerala Story, the controversial film on forced religious conversions in Kerala. According to reports, the film is now set to beat other mass blockbusters like RRR (Hindi), Kabir Singh and Dhoom 3 to become the 12th highest Bollywood grosser of all time.
Responding to the film's overwhelming response, actor Sunny Deol said he was stressed before the release, Gadar 2 locked horns with other biggies like Akshay Kumar's OMG 2 and Rajinikanth's Jailer at the Indian box office.
A sequel to Deol's 2001 hit Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, the Anil Sharma directorial also features Ameesha Patel in the lead. Gadar 2 is set in 1971 and follows Tara Singh's journey to Pakistan to rescue his son. The original was set during the Partition period. Interestingly, Gadar was also a blockbuster hit in 2001 when it locked horns with the critically-acclaimed Lagaan.
'Gadar 2' vs 'Pathaan'
Amid the buzz created by Deol's film, trade analysts are wondering if it will beat the collection of Shah Rukh Khan's Pathaan, which recorded a domestic collection of Rs 543 crore. Pathaan, starring Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham had a magical run and stayed strong on the big screens for two months. While some experts see a chance for Gadar 2 to beat Pathaan, some say it is too early to give a verdict. “Going by the trajectory it's on, Gadar 2 can possibly beat not just Pathaan, but any record there is, a film exhibitor told Hindustan Times. The total collection of Pathaan over the first five days was Rs 280.75 crore.
Pathaan collected over Rs 1,050 crore worldwide while the net collection in India stood at Rs 543 crore, Livemint reported based on data from Sacnilk.