Vivek Agnihotri director The Kashmir Files‘ Fortunes rose again on Saturday as the film picked up significantly after a drop on Friday. It grossed Rs 7.25 crore, surpassing the previous day’s Rs 4.50 crore. The total collection of the film now stands at Rs 219.08 crore.
The film will cross Rs 225 crore on Sunday before its weekday performance plummets. The film has a decent chance of making it to the Rs 250 crore club. So far, he has performed admirably against SS Rajamouli’s period drama RRR Tsunami.
Business analyst Taran Adarsh shared the film’s numbers on Sunday. He wrote on Twitter, “#TheKashmirFiles is back in the running on [third] Sam, despite a strong opponent [#RRR]…Excellent growth…Will cross ₹225 cr on [third] Sun [Day 17]…Will comfortably cross ₹250 cr in the next few days… [Week 3] Fri 4.50 cr, Sat 7.25 cr. Total: ₹219.08 cr. #India business.
The film is based on the exodus of Kashmiri pandits from the valley at the start of the insurgency. It stars Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi.
Earlier, Agnihotri’s peer in the film industry, Hansal Mehta, tweeted in support of the film’s success.
“Congratulations @vivekagnihotri on #TheKashmirFiles. You have succeeded outside the system, on your own terms. Ideologically or otherwise, I might disagree with your opinions and your films, but as a colleague, I must congratulate you,” had writes Mehta, who is behind such acclaimed films as Aligarh and Omerta.
The Kashmir Files received lackluster reviews and achieved success primarily through heavy word-of-mouth promotion. Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it 1.5 stars. She wrote: “With all his propagandistic verve and cementing the privileged discourse of the present dispensation, he manages to tap into the grief of the displaced Pandits. What we are left with are the flashes of genuine pain that envelop Pushkar Nath (Anupam Kher in a believable bend, even if some of its portions are overworked), damaged and demented, but who has never forgotten his well- beloved Habba Kadal. He will never be able to go home again.