Article 15 is starting to give a tough fight to Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh. The investigative cop drama maintained its stronghold on Monday as it added Rs 3.97 crore more to its kitty. The drop in business with respect to Friday, when the film earned Rs 5.02 crore, is over 20 per cent, which is absolutely normal. After a four-day run in cinemas, the film’s total collection stands at Rs 24.01 crore.
In a tweet posted on Tuesday, film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh said that Article 15 had braved the “Kabir Singh juggernaut” to reach where it is. The Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani-starrer, that released on June 21, is nearing the Rs 200 crore-mark.
Mr Adarsh also highlighted the ‘torrential rains’ as another challenge that Article 15 is tackling to be where it is. Summing up the film’s business, he wrote, “Article15 is super-strong on the crucial Mon… Braves Kabir Singh juggernaut + torrential rains in Mumbai yet stays solid at key metros… Eyes ₹ 34 cr [+/-] in Week 1… Fri 5.02 cr, Sat 7.25 cr, Sun 7.77 cr, Mon 3.97 cr. Total: ₹ 24.01 cr. India biz.”
#Article15 is super-strong on the crucial Mon… Braves #KabirSingh juggernaut + torrential rains in #Mumbai, yet stays solid at key metros… Eyes ₹ 34 cr [+/-] in Week 1… Fri 5.02 cr, Sat 7.25 cr, Sun 7.77 cr, Mon 3.97 cr. Total: ₹ 24.01 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 2, 2019
Article 15 is based on the Article 15 of the Indian Constitution, which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. It is directed by Anubhav Sinha, who last helmed the critically-acclaimed Mulk. Sinha has also made films such as Tum Bin, Cash and Ra.One.
It is ironic in some sense that despite having earned not so good reviews from the critics, Kabir Singh is going strong at the Box Office, so far, while Article 15, which talks about the injustice in the society, a film that has been hailed by the critics is still struggling to find its feet. Shouldn’t we as a society take more interests into films such as Article 15?