And Aamir Khan’s Dangal creates yet another ‘blockbuster’ record, 3 years after release. According to the latest ‘decade in review’, the Nitesh Tiwari directorial, which made phenomenal business by grossing Rs 2000 crore at the global box office, has now been declared as the ‘Blockbuster Of The Decade’. Definitely a commendable feat achieved by Team Dangal. For the uninitiated, Dangal narrates an inspiring story based on the life of wrestler-sisters Geeta Phogat, Babita Phogat and their coach father, Mahavir Phogat.
Dangal is closely followed by Salman Khan-starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Aamir Khan’s PK, on the Yahoo India list. Other films on the list of top 10 blockbusters of the decade include Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai, Dhoom 3, Sanju, War, Chennai Express and Dabangg.
Let’s not forget, Dangal, which also became an overnight sensation among the Chinese viewers, was named the 33rd film in Chinese cinema history to cross one billion RMB. It landed at the second place at the Chinese box office after staying at the top for over a fortnight just behind Pirates of the Caribbean 5, which is at the number one position. “It is still playing in about 9000 screens. Dangal’s success in China perhaps opens a Pandora’s Box for Indian cinema as successes in China’s box office means world’s highest revenue, said Prasad Shetty, partner of Strategic Alliance a Chinese firm promoting Indian films in China for the past few years, as quoted by News Nation.
Dangal also has many other firsts to its credit: In 105 years of Indian cinema, no movie had ever crossed the Rs1000 crore ($156 million) mark but Dangal created history by hitting the Rs 2,000 crore mark at the global box office. It’s the fifth non-English-language film to cross the $300 million mark at the worldwide box-office receipts. Even Chinese premier Xi Jinping mentioned to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi that he enjoyed the film.