Aamir Khan does it again; 'Dangal' sets new boxoffice record

 09 Jan 2017 - 17:47

Aamir Khan does it again; 'Dangal' sets new boxoffice record

IANS / AFP

Mumbai: With "Dangal" registering a collection of Rs 345.3 crore (3.45 billion rupees, $50.59 million), Bollywood star Aamir Khan has created a new record for the highest Hindi grosser, beating the business of his own movie "PK". The film's makers are overwhelmed.

The sports drama film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, took a leaf out of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat's real life.

"Dangal", which released on December 23 last year, collected Rs 14.33 crore on January 8, taking the cumulative total to Rs 345.3 crore (nett India box office), read a statement issued on behalf of the makers.

Amrita Pandey, Vice President, Studios, Disney India, said: "'Dangal' is an extremely special film for us at Disney, Aamir Khan and the entire cast and crew of the film. This is our ninth film with Aamir Khan, and with 'Dangal' we've broken our own record of 'PK'. Aamir has set new benchmarks with each of his movies."

"Dangal" has been lauded by the audiences for its powerful portrayal of the story of Phogat, who, much to the disapproval of his wife and his whole village, trained his daughters Geeta and Babita to wrestle.

Geeta won a gold medal for India at the 2010 Commonwealth Games while her sister topped the podium at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. "Dangal" is a Hindi word used to describe a wrestling competition.

Khan, 51, gained a lot of weight to play the role of Mahavir before quickly losing 25 kilograms to appear as a younger version of the coach elsewhere in the film.

The movie was released on December 23 and was India's second hit wrestling film of 2016. "Sultan", starring Salman Khan, came out in July, made 3.15 billion rupees and sits third on the all-time grossing list.

Christmas has turned out to be lucky for Aamir since the past few years. Even "PK", "Dhoom: 3" and "3 Idiots" released around the festival and their success gave the actor more reasons to celebrate.

According to Pandey, "'Dangal' is breaking and setting new distribution circuit benchmarks all over India, in centres in key south markets, in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Central India. Even in key international markets like North America and Australia, 'Dangal' is setting new benchmarks."

"In fact, in North America, the movie is set to be the highest grossing foreign language movie for 2016. 'Dangal' is also the highest performing Hindi movie dubbed in Tamil language, beating the previous record of 'The Jungle Book'."

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