Akshay Kumar’s latest release, “Mission Raniganj,” which centers around a daring rescue mission, witnessed a notable surge in box office earnings on Sunday, signaling hope for its performance in the coming days.
The film had an average opening weekend, initially starting at ₹2.8 crore on Friday. However, it displayed commendable growth, collecting ₹4.85 crore on Sunday, based on early estimates shared by Sacnilk.com. Directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, “Mission Raniganj” also features Parineeti Chopra in a pivotal role.
“Mission Raniganj: The Great Bharat Rescue” recorded an overall Hindi occupancy rate of 18.20 percent on Sunday, as reported. It released alongside Bhumi Pednekar’s multi-starrer sex comedy, “Thank You For Coming,” on Friday but outperformed the latter by a significant margin.
In “Mission Raniganj,” Akshay Kumar portrays the character of Jaswant Singh Gill, inspired by a true story. The film revolves around the heroic efforts of this mining engineer from IIT Dhanbad who successfully rescued 65 trapped miners at the Raniganj Coalfields in 1989. The ensemble cast includes talented actors such as Kumud Mishra, Pavan Malhotra, Ravi Kishan, Varun Badola, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya.
Critics have mostly responded positively to the film. The Hindustan Times review mentioned, “While Akshay Kumar is perfect as the leader of the pack, other characters and their stories do get sidelined in this rescue thriller.” However, it also noted, “While Kumar delivers a sincere performance showing immense conviction portraying Gill’s part, it’s the storytelling that doesn’t do full justice to the plot.”
Regarding the film’s box office performance, Akshay Kumar shared his perspective in an interview with PTI. He stated, “We are going through a very nice phase where people are doing all kinds of films and they are working. I have done both kinds of films (content and masala entertainers). Don’t put pressure on the film by thinking that it will do business. I can do that kind of film (commercial) and get that kind of numbers also. But I am happy doing a film that brings a change in the society.”
As “Mission Raniganj” continues its cinematic journey, its box office fate will be closely watched in the days to come, with hopes of a successful run.