Box Office Reports: ‘Manto’ faces tough competition from ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ on day 1

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Last Friday (September 21) two big starrer movies released at the box office. One is Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam starrer ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ and Saadat Hassan Manto’s biopic ‘Manto’ starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role.

‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ was supposed to open in 1500 screens but the film opened on 2500 screens however it failed to mint a good collection. Trade analyst, Taran Adarsh, took to Twitter to share the first day collections of the movie. He tweeted, “#BattiGulMeterChalu has a low Day 1, despite partial Holiday. .. Biz will have to multiply two-fold or three-fold on Day 2 and Day 3 for a respectable weekend total… Fri ₹ 6.76 cr. India biz. #BGMC.”

Here’s the tweet.

‘Manto’ faced a stiff competition with ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ by pocketing just 45-50 lakhs nett (as per ‘Manto’ is Nandita Das‘ second directorial after ‘Firaaq’ (2008). It also stars Tahir Raj Bhasin, Rasika Dugal and Rajshri Deshpande in pivotal roles. It was also premiered at the  Cannes Film Festival 2018.

‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ created a lot of buzz before its release but it in spite of promotions, it failed to live up to the expectations of the critics as well as audiences. Looking at the day one collections of both the movie, ‘Manto’ seems to have a tough time to be in the race in spite of the rave reviews.

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