Mumbai: Salman Khan's Eid release Bharat collected Rs 42 crore on day one at the box office. The actor, who is often called critics-proof thanks to his massive fan following, said it was the "biggest opening" of his career and thanked his fans.

"What made me the happiest and proudest is that during a scene in my film when the national anthem is recited everyone stood up as a mark of respect. There could be no bigger respect for our country than this," he tweeted.

However, did you know, Salman and director Ali Abbas Zafar were not convinced with how the movie would shape up. According to reports, the actor-director duo got into a heated argument over the film's fate at the box-office.


According to a report in Mid-Day, "Ali had trimmed 12 minutes of the movie, but Salman felt another 15 minutes were dispensable." The two had a massive showdown over the issue and Salman reportedly asked Ali to leave his home.


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This is natural as Salman's last two Eid releases, Tubelight and Race 3, failed at the box-office and also to impress the audience and critics.

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About Bharat's performance:

As the name suggests, Bharat is the story of a man whose journey mirrors that of the country. Bharat storms the box office. Proves yet again Salman Khan is the biggest crowd puller. 'Bharat' opens much bigger than Salman and Ali Abbas Zafar's 'Tiger Zinda Hai (Rs 34.10 crore) and 'Sultan' (Rs 36.54 crore). 'Bharat' - Wednesday (Rs 42.30 crore) India business," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

The film also stars Katrina Kaif.

(Inputs from PTI)