Aamir Khan’s movie ‘Dangal’, an inspiring story about a father’s struggle to turn his daughters into champion wrestlers, today made a smashing debut in China grossing a whopping Rs 15 crore on the opening day. Khan, who has built up a steady popularity in China after his Chinese version of ‘3 Idiots’ which became a massive success also cashed on his film ‘PK’ which turned out to be the only film to have raked up Rs 100 crore in box office in China.
People connected with the release of the movie said it grossed around Rs 15 crore on the opening day after it released in over 7,000 screens despite China’s biggest cinema theatre group Wanda not choosing to screen it. Ahead of the release of the movie, Aamir Khan toured Beijing, Shanghai and Changdu to promote his movie.
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In a market heavily dominated by Hollywood, his films were rare to strike a chord with Chinese audience. Also recently, China has increased the quota of Indian films to be screened from two to four as two joint productions, ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ and ‘Buddies In India’ fared well notching up good box office collection during the on-going Chinese New Year.
China annually permits 34 foreign films to be screened out of which Indian quota was fixed for two for several years. The quota has been increased to four. Most of the quota goes to Hollywood movies. Foreign films in China cannot be directly released without the permission of the government film agencies.
There is an interest among Indian film producers to release in Chinese market as some of the Indian films like ‘PK’ have done well. Two joint productions, ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ featuring Jackie Chan and Sonu Sood as well as ‘Buddies In India’, a comedy film which have been released on January 28, the first day of the Chinese new year have done well.