In spite of the ban in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, Prakash Jha"s controversial film Aarakshan managed to make a good opening at the box office. It witnessed 60% to 80% occupancy in the morning and noon shows. It did well in multiplexes while single theatres had 40% to 50% occupancy on the day of its release.
The revenue of the film will be hit hard following the ban in the three states but the long Independence Day weekend will help the makers earn good collection from the rest of the country. The crowd is expected to be good in the weekend, as the critics are all praise for the film and the word of mouth is also encouraging.
The response to the film in cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata is good in spite of the disturbances by politicians. Multiplexes owners from various cities said that the opening of the film is good.