Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan's 'Dangal' has zoomed past the Rs 100 crore mark within four days of its release in China, breaking a record previously set by the actor-producers 'PK'. He is touched by the love shown towards the film.
'Dangal', a story of a wrestler who trains his daughters to become world champions in wrestling, released in China as 'Shuai Jiao Baba' on May 5 which means 'Let's Wrestle, Dad'. The movie released in around 7,000 screens and minted over Rs 120 crore by Tuesday evening, said a spokesperson of Aamir Khan Productions.
Reacting to the overwhelming response to the movie, Aamir told IANS over email: 'I and the entire team of 'Dangal' are very touched with the love and affection that our film 'Dangal' is getting in China. I have been visiting Chinese social media websites and reading translations of the reactions. It is truly moving to see such a strong emotional bond that the Chinese have with our film.
'On behalf of our entire team, I would like to thank our Chinese audience and want them to know that we are all so happy. And I would like to thank our distributors in China for giving our film such a nice release.'
In the past, Aamir's '3 Idiots' and 'PK' did well in China. In fact, 'PK' was the first Bollywood film to mint over Rs 100 crore in China -- and it had done so in 16 days back in 2015.
A biopic of former Indian wrestler Mahavir Phogat, 'Dangal' had also resonated well with the Indian audience, generating over Rs 385 crore ticket sales upon its release in India.
Just a month before the movie's release, Aamir and 'Dangal' director Nitesh Tiwari were in China to promote 'Dangal', which officially opened this year's edition of the Beijing International Film Festival.