Entertainment Wrestling drama Dangal beats Bollywood box office records

10:35  12 january  2017
10:35  12 january  2017 Source:   The Guardian

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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan's latest film Dangal is on its way to breaking records after making a smashing entry on the international box office . Geeta went on to become India's first female wrestler to win at the 2010 Commonwealth Games while Babita took home the silver. Dangal literally translates to 'a wrestling competition'. Watch the trailer for Dangal below: With no other big releases slotted for the next few weeks, Dangal is expected to continue its winning streak.

Aamir Khan starrer wrestling drama ‘ Dangal ‘ did a great business even on the second Wednesday, minting Rs 9 crore nett at the box office . The second week numbers have crossed the Rs 100 crore mark making ‘ Dangal ’ the highest second week grosser in just 6 days. The second week should rake in around Rs 111 crore and that will beat the record of ‘PK’ which had collected Rs 96 crore nett.

A film about two female wrestlers helmed by the Indian megastar Aamir Khan has become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, earning £41.7m in three weeks.

Dangal, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, is based on the true story of wrestling champions Geeta and Babita Phogat, sisters who achieved firsts for Indian wrestling at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games. “Dangal” is a Hindi word used to describe a wrestling competition.

Geeta won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and in 2012 was the first Indian female wrestler to qualify for the Olympics. Her sister topped the podium at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. 

Khan, 51, plays their father and coach Mahavir Singh Phogat, who had hoped for sons he could turn into world-class grapplers, but sees the promise in his young daughters after they thrash two local boys who insult them.

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The girls are initially reluctant but change their minds when they see the alternative for young women in the village: an early marriage and a lifetime of child-rearing and domestic labour.

The film’s box office returns surpassed 3.45bn rupees at the weekend, according to the industry website Bollywood Hungama, putting its earnings above the 2014 science fiction movie PK – another Khan film.

The Phogat sisters are played as children by Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar, and as adults by Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra.

“It’s a marvellous thing that it has done so well because it’s not a traditional Bollywood film,” said Anupama Chopra, a film critic and author of several books on the industry.

“There’s no love story and its about very strong women. There are no gorgeous young people romancing each other in Switzerland.

“The only traditionally sellable element is Aamir Khan, and he plays a much, older overweight man – and yet it becomes the biggest hit in Indian cinema.”

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Dangal has surpassed PK's Box Office collection in Tamil Nadu, breaking the existing records . It is soon going to be the highest Hindi film . The sports drama , which released on 23 December created a new Box Office record by becoming the first Rs 15 crore Bollywood grosser at the Tamil Nadu Box Office . Be it in Chennai or Chengalpet, Dangal had a dream run in every part of Tamil Nadu. At the Chennai Box Office alone, Dangal has minted Rs 4 crore in 12-theatrical days.

Aamir Khan's Dangal is all set to beat Salman Khan's highest grosser Bajrangi Bhaijaan by end of tomorrow.

She said the film’s success “tells you that audiences have evolved, and not just in the urban centres”.

“It gives a sense of how viewers are feeling about the difficult conversation that’s being had about women in India in recent years,” Chopra said.

It also reflected Khan’s storytelling instincts: “He has the best gut in the business,” she said.

For some scenes in Dangal his gut was also the largest: Khan put on nearly 30kg (4 st 7lbs) for the part, which he quickly had to lose to play a younger version of the character in flashback scenes.

Geeta Phogat, top, wrestles Sakshi Malik during a December 2015 pro-wrestling league fixture in Delhi. Photograph: Hindustan Times/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Tickets for Dangal were made tax-free in four states as part of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign, which aims to reduce female infanticide.

The gender disparity is worst in Haryana, where 830 girls are born for every 1,000 boys.

The film has kicked off a debate among Indians about its feminist credentials, many lauding the celebration of women in a male-dominated sport, others questioning why the sisters’ father is the focus of the story.

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AFP, India. With " Dangal " registering a collection of Rs 345.3 crore, Bollywood star Aamir Khan has created a new record for the highest Hindi grosser, beating the business of his own movie "PK". The sports drama film , directed by Nitesh Tiwari, took a leaf out of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat's real life. " Dangal ", which released on December 23 last year, collected Rs 14.33 crore on January 8, taking the cumulative total to Rs 345.3 crore (nett India box office ), read a statement issued on behalf of the makers.

Wrestling drama Dangal beats Bollywood box office records (From The Guardian - Film News. 9 January 2017, 9:02 AM, PST). Box Office : Dangal grosses 11.12 mil. Usd [75.77 cr.] at the North America box office (From BollywoodHungama. 9 January 2017, 8:05 AM, PST). Box Office : Aamir Khan’s Dangal Day 19 in overseas (From BollywoodHungama.

“The script erases the girls and constantly credits [Mahavir Phogat] for braving the taunts of conservative neighbours,” a review in the Hindustan Times said.

“This is unfortunate because in reality, the young women would likely have been the target of a bulk of the disparaging comments and could only have carried on with extreme courage.”

It is the second Bollywood film to tackle feminist themes after September’s Pink, a courtroom drama that examines India’s attitudes towards consent and the growing freedom of Indian women to dress, work and live as they choose.

Dangal was released on 23 December and was India’s second hit wrestling film of 2016. Sultan, starring Salman Khan, was released in July and made 3.15bn rupees, sitting third on the all-time grossing list.

The Phogat sisters’ success paved the way for other Indian athletes including Sakshi Malik, another wrestler from Haryana who won a bronze model at last year’s Rio Olympics – India’s first Olympic medal in the sport.

The two sisters are still wrestling, forming part of a team called UP Dangal in India’s pro-wrestling League. Babita is out of the competition with an injury, but Geeta was on Monday declared fit for the next match against NCR Punjab Royals on Tuesday.

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