Aamir Khan – Anushka Sharma’s ‘PK’ has been on a money minting spree until now. The movie, which was released in China last week, has already collected Rs. 83 crores in 11 days. It has created history in the country.
The movie earned a whopping Rs. 340 cr in India itself and its overall collections are Rs 564.69 cr. The all time blockbuster has marked a new high for Bollywood movies.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted:
#PK creates HISTORY in China. 11-day total [till 1 June, Monday]: ₹ 83.94 cr. Yes, you read it right. From China alone. Will cross ₹ 100 cr.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 2, 2015
Also calling ‘PK’ a gamechanger, Taran Adarsh further tweeted:
While most films find it tough to cross ₹ 100 cr in India, #PK is a game changer Overseas. Overseas total so far: $ 38.61 mn [₹ 246.09 cr].
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) June 2, 2015
The movie had also turned out to be the highest grossing Indian film in Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan, and the highest grossing foreign language movie in North America in 2014.
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“We are thrilled with the audience response in China. Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra travelled across China with our marketing team promoting the film at media and audience events and culminated this with a grand premiere in Shanghai for the film,” Amrita Pandey of UTV told IANS.
Going by this pace, Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘PK’ might not take long to cross the 100 cr mark in China alone.
The Chinese media is also all praises for the cult science fiction comedy. ‘PK’ that brought together the “3 Idiots” team of superstar Aamir Khan and ace director Rajkumar Hirani, has scored 8.3 points on one of China’s biggest film reviewing websites Douban since its release in China on May 22.
“After emerging as the highest grossing Indian movie ever with a box office of $101 million globally, it is standing high in the favour of the Chinese public,” the Global Times said in an opinion piece titled “Comedy films can learn from New Delhi”.
“Brimming with laughter and tears over its long running time, ‘PK’ has aroused mixed feelings among Chinese audiences as it touches upon religion, one of the most solemn and sensitive issues, not only in India, which has been suffering from long standing religious strife, but also in many other countries.
“Back in 2009, ‘3 Idiots’, which featured the same director and leading actor as in ‘PK’, became a massive success across China and caused a stir among Chinese audiences for its ironic look at India’s rigid and dreary education system. Now ‘PK’ has created history by ranking the 70th biggest box office earner in the world last year, apparently taking the shine off the somewhat chaotic comedy market of China,” the article read.
“PK”, which also stars Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput, has raised questions on the movie industry in China.
“It is time that we seriously mull over and reflect why China’s filmmakers are unable to produce both interesting and thought provoking comedies. There might be only one thing in between amusement and real comedy: the power to think, which has perhaps created the biggest gap between ‘PK’ and previous Chinese comedies.
“Satirising the social evils of the day with Indians’ peculiar humour is Hirani’s recipe for success. Without meticulous observation and profound thinking, such inventive details would not have been included in the film. This is just what blundering Chinese films lack,”the article stated.
It said a number of internet users attribute an absence of excellent comedies in China’s film market “to the country’s relatively rigorous censorship, which, however, is a lazy and convenient plea”.
“Similar to India, China, amid unprecedented development, has been seeing a wide spectrum of social ills, providing a broad space for filmmakers to fully exert their talent. They should learn from ‘PK’ about how to tell a bright and thought provoking comedy in an artistic way without necessarily being too cynical.”
(With IANS Inputs)