Despite all the objections and bans raised on the screening of Prakash Jha's Aarakshan, the movie on caste-based reservations and commercialization of education in India, managed to collect rupees 25 crores in four days. Trade analysts view that Aarakshan's business will rock in the second week.
Aarakshan made in a total production budget of rupees 42 crores, features actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Deepika Padukone and Prateik Babbar. The occupancy in its opening weekend stayed around 60 to 70 percent. The film was banned in Uttar Pradesh. Though in Gurgaon their was a ban in the film's screening on Saturday and Sunday for security reasons, Delhi overall saw an average response.
Ban on Aarakshan in three states namely, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh for fear of anti-Dalit comments in the movie, has definitely affected the business of the film, views Jha. Though the ban was lifted in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday and in Punjab on Monday, still the maximum Hindi speaking people hail from Uttar Pradesh, which has hugely affected the Box Office results.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday has asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to file its reply by Thursday to filmmaker Prakash Jha's petition seeking a stay of the ban. Things will hopefully take better turns for Aarakshan in the second weekend.