- The Kashmir Files has been declared tax exempt in several states in India
- Along with Anupam Kher, he sheds light on the 1990 exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley
- The interest generated by The Kashmir Files is unprecedented and the number of screens has doubled
Bollywood’s latest release, The Kashmir Files, set the box office on fire. Where movies typically see a drop in their collections after the first weekend, director Vivek Agnihotri goes the other way. After its Friday release on a limited number of screens (around 700 in India), the unprecedented excitement surrounding it led to a doubling of screens and shows. In many states it has also been declared tax exempt. This stirs up the frenzy that surrounds it, and fans line up outside theaters in large numbers.
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According to a report in Box Office India, The Kashmir Files achieved Rs 17-18 crore business on Tuesday, which is up from its Monday business by a margin of Rs 3 crore. While collections increased by a few lakhs on Monday compared to income on Sunday, collections on Tuesday increased by several crores. That in itself is proof of viewer interest in this release. This is the highest collection for a weekday for any COVID-era film in India and even excellent by any measure for any film during the pre-Covid period as well. From the figures he rakes in, it is expected that the film could collect Rs 90-100 crore by the end of the first week and then aim for a better collection in the second weekend.
The BOI report also predicted that soon, The Kashmir Files will do business of Rs 20 crore in one day. We will have to see if this will happen the first week or after Friday. Business analyst Taran Adarsh has compared the box office performance of recent releases with The Kashmir Files and it’s obvious that none can match the latter in terms of numbers. The Kashmir Files beat Akshay Kumar’s Soooryavanshi, Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi and Ranveer Singh’s 83.
The Kashmir Files is trending better than pre-Covid blockbusters like Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and Uri: The Surgical Strike. At this point, it’s hard to predict exactly where the box office tsunami caused by The Kashmir Files will end.
It is reported by Box Office India that the momentum will build for The Kashmir Files especially in the second weekend as the mass booking of shows has already started and this is not just limited to domestic multiplex chains but at many independent multiplexes as well.