It looks like the Indian audience has developed a liking to flicks based on real incidents that have something to do with an aircraft. First, Airlift and now Neerja, both are tales of bravery and human triumph based on real people. Airlift, by a huge margin is the top grosser so far in 2016, while neerja has steadily been the runner up.
Sonam Kapoor plays Neerja Bhanot, an artful and couragous flight attendant who sacrificed her life to save the passengers on board, and if you were to believe word of mouth, then this is till date, the best work of Sonam Kapoor. She has been basking in critical acclaim as the movie progresses through its third week. Her last venture, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was a blockbuster collecting almost Rs. 210 cr, but the majority of analysts would like to credit the fan following of Salman Khan for that.
Neerja started off above average and the first sunday was the highest collection day banking on almost Rs.10 cr, the first week comprehended roughly Rs. 35 crore, which is to be considered a remarkable achievement by a film lead by female cast. The second week, again led by a sunday score of Rs. 6.5 cr collected Rs. 23 crore in total. The film saw its first real fall entering the third week, while it was already edging Rs.60 cr. Following are the final collections for the three weeks.
Week One : Rs.35,29,00,000
Week Two : Rs.23,02,00,000
Third Week : Rs.9,80,00,000
Total : Rs. 68,11,00,000