Parmanu – The Story Of Pokhran has enjoyed a good weekend at the box office. The golden run of 2018 continues with this John Abraham starrer. It collected 20.78 crores in its 1st weekend which is better than several films which did well at the box office this year.
Parmanu has eliminated Pari (15.34 crores) from the list of top 10 highest weekends of 2018. The list is dominated by the trio Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone’s Padmaavat (114 crores) and Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi 2 (73.10 crores). Ajay Devgn’s Raid complete the top 3 in the list with Raid (41.01 crores).
Check out the list of top 10 highest 1st weekend grossers of 2018:
Padmavaat – 114.00 crores
Baaghi 2– 73.10 crores
Raid – 41.01 crores
PadMan – 40.05 crores
Raazi – 32.94 crores
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety – 26.57 crores
Parmanu – 20.78 crores
October – 20.25 crores
102 Not Out – 16.65 crores
Hichki – 15.35 crores
Parmanu, which released on Friday, tells a story around the nuclear tests conducted in 1998 at Pokhran, Rajasthan.
There’s a reason why John chose the subject.
“I was very influenced by Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, and by the nuclear tests. It defined the trajectory in my life because of incidents that were associated with the sanctions that followed. I was planning to go somewhere, to a college, (but I) didn’t get through. There was anger at first, then the understanding came that this (nuclear status) can make India great… I started thinking like an Indian and started feeling like a nationalist,” John told IANS in an interview.
Why is there a need to tell this story to the audience today?
“I think today’s youth does not know what happened 20 years ago in May 1998,” John said. In his head, when he thinks of the most defining thing in India’s history after Independence, he feels it’s one when India had circumvented US satellites, fooled everybody and conducted nuclear tests right under their nose.