Ashutosh Gowariker's period drama Panipat, based on the Third Battle Of Panipat, has begun its Box Office journey on a not-so-impressive note. The movie collected Rs 4-4.25 crore nett on day one as per Box Office India. The bulk of the collections are from Maharashtra circuit.
Panipat needs to show a bit more push on the weekend to reach the bare minimum requirement.
Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon and Sanjay Dutt-starrer movie received fairly good reactions from critics and audiences alike. Panipat has released in over 1,500 screens in India and over 600 screens in the overseas market.
Panipat has hit the theatres with Pati Patni Aur Woh.
Arjun Kapoor plays Sadashiv Rao Bhau, who was the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army in the Third Battle of Panipat while Kriti plays his wife Parvati Bai, who accompanied him in the war.
Sanjay Dutt essays the role of antagonist Ahmad Shah Abdali.
With Panipat, Ashutosh Gowariker has made his comeback after three years of Mohenjo Daro.
For the unversed, the Third Battle of Panipat took place on January 14, 1761 between Marathas and Ahmad Shah Abdali. Also known as Ahmad Shah Durrani, he is regarded as the founder of the modern state of Afghanistan.
Panipat has an ensemble cast which includes Mohnish Behl as Nana Saheb Peshwa, Kunal Kapoor as Shuja-ud-Daula, Zeenat Aman as Sakina Begum and Padmini Kolhapure as Gopika Bai.
National Award-winning art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai recreated the majestic Shaniwar Wada (a historical fortification in Pune which was the seat of Peshwas of the Maratha Empire until 1818) at ND Studios. Neeta Lulla has designed the royal costumes. And the music has been composed by Ajay-Atul.