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‘Pathaan’ breaks Indian box office records, brings hope to Bollywood

Khan, popularly known as "King Khan", has a huge fan following around the world. The film also features Bollywood heart-throb Deepika Padukone and action hero John Abraham.

By AFP
January 30, 2023
‘Pathaan’ breaks Indian box office records, brings hope to Bollywood
‘Pathaan’ breaks Indian box office records, brings hope to Bollywood

Mumbai: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan´s new film "Pathaan" has smashed Indian box office records following its release last week, bringing hope to Bollywood after a spate of weak showings.

"Pathaan" recorded the highest-ever box office collections for a Hindi film for its opening and second day in India, and raked in 2.5 billion rupees ($30 million) in its first five days, trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted Sunday.

Its international ticket sales soared past one billion rupees ($13.7 million) in just three days, according to Yash Raj Films, which produced the movie.

It comes after glitzy Hindi-language Bollywood films struggled at the box office following the reopening of Indian cinemas about a year ago after a pandemic hiatus.

"The unprecedented celebratory success of ´Pathaan´ I think speaks volumes about where we are headed as the Hindi movie industry," movie theatre chain owner Akshaye Rathi said Monday.

"Here we are back to the old school way of celebrating cinema in theatres as a community viewing experience."

The release of "Pathaan", 57-year-old Khan´s first movie in four years, had been highly anticipated.

Khan, popularly known as "King Khan", has a huge fan following around the world. The film also features Bollywood heart-throb Deepika Padukone and action hero John Abraham.

Videos shared on social media showed fans in Indian cinemas dancing and cheering during the film.