Business analyst Taran Adarsh shared the film’s numbers on Twitter. His tweet read, “#GangubaiKathiawadi is witnessing super growth on Day 2…Tier 2 cities – which weren’t too strong on Day 1 – join the party on Day 2…Strong word of mouth is came into play, so expect bigger numbers on Day 3… Fri 10.50 cr, Sat 13.32 cr. Total: ₹23.82 cr. #India business.
In a follow-up tweet, he said the movie would get a boost from Maha Shivratri’s vacation on Tuesday, March 1, so the movie looks to be making a lot of money for the foreseeable future.
Earlier, he had estimated the film’s opening weekend at Rs 40 crore. This is quite admirable as the film faces stiff competition from new South Indian film releases – Ajith Valimai’s Tamil film and Pawan Kalyan’s Telugu film Bheemla Nayak.
The film, written and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, also stars Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Jim Sarbh, Indira Tiwari and Seema Pahwa. Ajay Devgn plays an extended cameo in the film. This is Alia’s first film with Bhansali.
The story is loosely based on Mafia Queens of Mumbai written by S. Hussain Zaidi.
The film received a mostly positive response from critics and Alia’s peers in the film industry. For example, Samantha Ruth Prabhu took to his Instagram account and praised the filmcalling it a “masterpiece”.
Shubhra Gupta of the Indian Express gave the film 3 stars and wrote in the review, “The only way to enjoy Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi is to embrace its extravagantly constructed universe – the elaborate settings that make up the red light area of Kamathipura which becomes the location for most of the film’s duration, the frames which look like art deco paintings and most importantly the very young and very beautiful Alia Bhatt playing the main character who says she is ‘sattaaiis saal’ (27), but seems younger, and much less scarred by her horrific life experiences of being sold into prostitution.