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Dilwale paise de jayenge: Shah Rukh Khan returns money lost to Dilwale distributors

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:34 IST

It is a known fact that Shah Rukh Khan's big Christmas bonanza, Dilwale, failed to live up to the expectations at the Box-Office. The film, which released alongside Bajirao Mastani, raked in around Rs 140 crore at the Indian Box-Office in its lifetime run.

Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment had sold the distribution rights of the Rohit Shetty directorial to individual distributors at sky high prices. According to our sources, the film should have collected at least Rs 240 crore in India to break-even for the distributors.

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Though the film managed to do good business in West Bengal, the collections were way below expectations in all other circuits.

The magnitude of losses suffered by the distributors was huge and that's when Shah Rukh Khan's generous gesture comes into the picture. According to leading trade analyst, Komal Nahta, King Khan made good 50 per cent of the losses suffered by major distributors across India.

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On the other side, Dilwale is only next to Salman Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan in the overseas market thus being the second highest grosser of the year. The film raked in a massive Rs 26 million outside India, being amongst the top five highest grossers of all time in the overseas market

First published: 4 February 2016, 3:33 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.