Chhapaak, directed by Meghna Gulzar, hit the screens on Friday, 10th January and has earned a total of INR 23 crore over five days. The film, which stars Deepika Padukone in the lead role, opened with INR 4.77 crore and its collections witnessed a spike on Saturday (INR 6.90 crore) and Sunday (INR 7.35 crore). However, the film’s earnings have fallen after the first weekend and it earned around INR 4.5 crore on both Monday and Tuesday. The film, which is based on the real life story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, is facing tough competition at the ticket windows from Ajay Devgn’s period action drama Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, which has emerged as a commercial success.
Reporting on the 4th day collections of Chhapaak, film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#Chhapaak slips on Day 4… Biz is limited to a few premium multiplexes of urban centres… Continues to non-perform at Tier-2 and 3 cities and also mass belt… Fri 4.77 cr, Sat 6.90 cr, Sun 7.35 cr, Mon 2.35 cr. Total: ₹ 21.37 cr. #India biz.”
The social drama film has received positive to mixed reviews from critics. Anna MM Vetticad wrote in the Firstpost how the film failed to attain a fine balance between being “subtle yet emotionally stirring, optimistic yet heart-rending.” She added, “The film does have its positives. Such as its unobtrusive background score by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Tubby, and a gentle title track by SEL. Or that amusing, heart-warming conversation between two survivors about the kind of face that they want post-surgery. Or the solid courtroom arguments between two lawyers who are neither wolf-whistle-worthy in the Sunny “dhai kilo ka haath” Deol league nor the twerps we usually see in commercial Bollywood. Their intelligent exchanges are real, low-volume yet gripping.”