Shah Rukh Khan’s film ‘Jawan’ experienced a significant surge in ticket sales on National Cinema Day, reinvigorating its box office performance. After maintaining steady earnings in the range of ₹70 to 80 lakh for several days, ‘Jawan’ witnessed an impressive upswing, grossing ₹5 crore on National Cinema Day. According to industry tracker Sacnilk, the film’s domestic net collection stands at ₹632.24 crore. On October 13, the Atlee-directed film achieved an overall Hindi occupancy rate of 61.53 percent. The movie, running in theaters for five weeks, saw a notable increase in box office numbers following a reduction in ticket prices to ₹99 at many multiplexes on October 13, commemorating National Cinema Day.
The storyline centers around Azad, the warden of a women’s prison in Mumbai, who masterminds the hijacking of a Mumbai Metro alongside six inmates named Lakshmi, Eeram, Ishkra, Kalki, Helena, and Janhvi. Azad entered into negotiations with NSG officer Narmada Rai, demanding ₹400 billion from the Agriculture Minister in exchange for the passengers’ release. Kalee Gaikwad, a global arms dealer, discovers that his daughter Alia is among the captives and decides to finance the deal. When questioned by Alia, Azad discloses his intention to donate the money towards the loan waiver for 700,000 impoverished farmers in the country. The gang transfers the funds directly into the farmers’ bank accounts and successfully escapes from the metro. Azad reveals his true identity as Vikram Rathore to Kalee through Alia.
Following this, Azad encounters Narmada and her daughter Suchi, leading to their eventual marriage. Azad and his gang proceed to kidnap the Health Minister, demanding improved infrastructure at all government hospitals in exchange for his life. The infrastructure is promptly upgraded, facilitating Azad and his gang’s escape after a confrontation with Narmada and her team. After their wedding, Narmada discovers Azad’s real identity and confronts him. However, Kalee’s brother Manish and his henchmen capture and torture them. Fortunately, Azad is rescued by his doppelgänger, Vikram Rathore. Narmada learns about the identities of Azad’s accomplices by disguising herself as an inmate and confronting them, unraveling the connection between Azad and Vikram.
Red Chillies Entertainment reported that the film has become the “highest-grossing Hindi film in the history of cinema,” amassing a collection of over ₹1125.20 crores. ‘Jawan,’ which premiered on September 7, managed to establish and break numerous records, surpassing the figures of Shah Rukh Khan’s previous release ‘Pathaan,’ which earned ₹543 crore in India and ₹1043 crore globally. However, the top position is still held by Aamir Khan, whose film ‘Dangal’ earned over ₹2000 crores.
Starring Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, and Deepika Padukone in key roles, ‘Jawan’ made a record-breaking opening day collection of ₹75 crore in India. Even with the release of new films like ‘Mission Raniganj,’ ‘The Vaccine War,’ ‘Fukrey 3,’ and ‘Thank You For Coming,’ ‘Jawan’ sustained a strong presence at the box office. ‘Fukrey 3’ also performed well on Friday, earning ₹5.25 crore, and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Mission Raniganj’ brought in ₹5 crore. Shah Rukh Khan’s next film is Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Dunki,’ slated for release around Christmas.