Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior was the first blockbuster of 2020
2020 has been a gloomy year for the Hindi film industry. It was possibly for the first time in the history of Hindi cinema that no film made it to cinemas for eight long months. The scenario has been so depressing that the word ‘blockbuster’ has almost gone missing from the film dictionaries. After all, how in the world can one think of a blockbuster when getting a handful of viewers in theatres has become a thing of privilege!
Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, released in January this year, was the first blockbuster of the year and is the only one so far. The biographical period drama, directed by Om Raut, went on to collect Rs 279.55 crore in its lifetime run.
Thanks to the hype around it, the film took a handsome opening at Rs 15.10 crore. Its weekend collection stood at a respectable Rs 61.75 crore. Backed by a powerful word of mouth, the film did exceedingly well in the subsequent days and reached the mammoth figure of Rs 279.55 crore. That it was a bona fide box-office success can be proved by the fact that it remained in cinemas for 10 long weeks, a rare feat in the fast-paced times that we live in.
But Tanhaji, unfortunately, might also be the last blockbuster of the year. Earlier, when Ranveer Singh’s 83 – based on India’s historic win at the 1983 Cricket World Cup – was reportedly scheduled for a Christmas 2020 release, there was hope that we might end the year on a blockbuster note. However, now when the sports drama has been pushed to 2021, there is little chance that we would get a second blockbuster this year.