Bollywood superstar and perfectionist Aamir Khan’s most recent release ‘Dangal’ has joined the esteemed Rs 1000 Cr club. The movie has reportedly grossed around Rs 382 Cr in China in only 10 days. Its lifetime collection in India stands at Rs 387 Cr. At this rate, Dangal will become the first Indian movie that will have its domestic collections surpassed by an overseas market.
The movie’s collection worldwide stands currently at 1146 Crores approximately, including India and overseas markets. The movie also made around 20 Crores from the Taiwanese market during its release in December. Taran Adarsh, trade analyst tweeted figures of collections the movie managed to make, with an amazing Rs 208 Cr brought in during the second week itself in China. The movie has now joined Baahubali 2 in amassing well over Rs 1000 Crores globally.
Dangal, which is based on the real life story of wrestler Mahavir Phogat and his daughters, garnered much appreciation in China. Apart from superstar Aamir Khan the movie also featured actors Sakshi Tanwar, Sanaya Malhotra, Aparshakti Khurana and Fatima Sana Shaikh. It struck a chord with Chinese audiences and their similarities with Indian culture. The overwhelming emotional response the movie received has catapulted it to the top making it one of the largest profit netting movies.
The movie’s release was initially marred by several controversies one of which included threats of legal action by Geeta Phogat’s wrestling coach PR Sondhi. He was purportedly the Indian coach shown in poor light in the movie. Aamir Khan had reacted to the coach’s claims of his fictitious portrayal by stating that the story was true to Geeta Phogat. Also, young talent Zaira Wasim (16) was cornered and forced to tender an apology after she met with the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti.
Despite controversies, the movie went on to be a smashing Box Office hit grossing crores in profit. Although the makers have admitted that parts of the movie are fictional and dramatized, it has not deterred fans from flocking to the theatres to catch the movie. With such collections, many are hoping that Dangal will cement Bollywood on the map internationally, even more than it already is.