Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan in a still from Love Aaj Kal.
Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan in a still from Love Aaj Kal.

Love Aaj Kal box office collection day 1: Kartik Aaryan registers career-best opening with Rs 12.4 crore

Love Aaj Kal box office collection day 1: Director Imtiaz Ali bounced back at the box office with his new film, which has made approximately Rs 12 crore on its opening day, registering actor Kartik Aaryan’s best opening yet.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 03:32 PM IST

Director Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal, starring Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan, has made approximately Rs 12.4 crore on its first day of release at the box office, despite poor reviews. The filmmaker is coming off Jab Harry Met Sejal, considered his biggest critical and commercial failure. This is Kartik’s highest opening yet, ahead of the Rs 9.1 crore figure posted by Pati Patni Aur Woh.

According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Love Aaj Kal performed exceedingly well thanks to Valentine’s Day. “#LoveAajKal packs a solid total on Day 1... Got a boost due to #ValentinesDay2020... Metros excellent, contribute to the big total... Tier-2 cities and mass belt ordinary/low... Will it collect in double digits on Day 2 and 3, is the big question... Fri 12.40 cr. #India biz,” he wrote.


Imtiaz, a Box Office India report suggests, has a poor track record of having long legs at the box office. With the exception of Jab We Met, his films rarely sustain momentum after week one. Love Aaj Kal did well in multiplex chains, according to the report.

The film’s opening falls in line with expectations. “It is an Imtiaz Ali film based on relationships. It is releasing on Valentine’s Day and targets the youth in metro cities. They have planned it in such a manner that it will coincide with the mood of the nation. Cinema in driven by the youth, they celebrate this day with their friends and close ones. Despite not being a holiday, the business jumps by around 15-20 % on Valentine’s Day as the youth want to indulge in leisure activities and going for a movie is on the top of their list. It will have a combined effect as the film is youthful and has been promoted well,” trade analyst Girish Johar had told Hindustan Times.

Critics, meanwhile, weren’t as enthusiastic about the film, with many complaining about Imtiaz’s lack of understanding of his characters, and comparing it unfavourably to the original film, starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone.

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