Main ATAL Hoon hit theatres on January 19. It is written by Rishi Virmani and Ravi Jadhav.
A still of Pankaj Tripathi from Main ATAL Hoon
Actor Pankaj Tripathi plays the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the movie, Main ATAL Hoon. The movie had a disappointing start. According to Sacnilk.com, only Rs 1 crore was made by the film on its first day at theaters. Considering the political nature of the movie, it remains to be seen if the numbers increase throughout the weekend.
Main Atal Hoon is directed by National Award-winning filmmaker Ravi Jadhav. It is based on the life of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the late Indian prime minister. In addition to Pankaj Tripathi, the cast of the movie also includes Piyush Mishra, Paula McGlynn, Harshad Kumar, Prasanna Ketkar, Daya Shankar Pandey, Pramod Pathak, Paayal Kapoor Nair, and Gauri Sukhtankar.
On its opening day, the movie's Hindi occupancy rate was 9.39% overall. There were 371 shows with a 9 percent occupancy rate in the Mumbai region and 538 shows with an 8.25 percent occupancy rate in the Delhi and NCR regions.
Even if Main ATAL Hoon's first day at the box office does not appear promising, it is still to be seen if positive word-of-mouth for the movie helps and the collections drastically change. The fact that the movie is about politics and hence caters to specific age groups may also lead to its lackluster weekend box office performance. The film also received mixed reviews from the critics, which can become a major reason for the film's weak box office performance.
Pankaj Tripathi on playing Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Pankaj, who plays Atal in the movie, said in an interview with ANI that he was wondering if he could do justice to this. He said, "But I have attended two of Atal ji's political rallies. I went to listen to him, standing in the crowd five hundred metres away." He went on to discuss Atal Ji's character, saying that he could not be compared to politicians of today because he was a leader who had both fiercest critics and passionate admirers.