Aamir Khan's Dangal becomes first Indian film to earn Rs 1,000cr in China
Not long back, Indian film buffs were sinking into the colours of the Phogat family which became a testament to sports. The movie, which broke all the box-office records, has a new feat now. It has earned a record-breaking 1,000 crore in China. This marks the entry of the first Indian film to achieve the feat, according to a popular Chinese ticketing website, says an IANS report.
The report further adds that this is rare as China has a special quota for foreign films where the number of Indian films is too small. With this achievement, Dangal has joined the elite club of some 30 films that have raked in over Rs 1,000 crore. As per data on the ticketing platform Maoyan, the movie raked in 1.067 billion RMB by Thursday.
Among other foreign films, The Mermaid is the highest-grossing movie (over 3 million RMB) in China, followed by Monster Hunt, The Fate of the Furious, and Furious 7. The Chinese media has been writing about the phenomenal success of the movie as it has struck a chord with the Chinese male-dominated society.
In an interview to IANS, Aamir spoke about how overwhelmed he is with the response to the sports drama,
While we were hoping that Dangal connects with the people of China, not in our wildest dreams we thought that this is the kind of connect we would have. It was unprecedented. We are pleasantly surprised.
Previously, Aamir's other movies—PK, 3 Idiots, and Dhoom 3—also did well in China. According to him, the reason why Dangal has become so huge is that the Chinese connected on an emotional level with the story, the characters, and the moments.
I have been reading their reactions on social media. They have been saying things like how the movie moved them and how the characters inspired them so much. It made them realise what their parents went through. Many of them called up their parents and cried. It's a very emotional reaction. That has made the film really work.