Dangal vs Baahubali 2 box office collection: Here’s why Aamir Khan film’s success has more shock value

Dangal was not a Marvel film or Baahubali. Still, Aamir Khan film was embraced by people of China and that’s reflected in kind of wave it created on China’s social media site: Weibo. In that sense, Dangal’s success has come as a surprise.

Written by Dipti Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 10:31 pm
 Dangal, Aamir khan, baahubali 2, ss rajamouli, dangal collection Dangal overtook Baahubali 2 as highest grossing Indian of all time this Sunday.

It’s difficult to tell what could have transpired between Aamir Khan and Chinese audience that made Dangal climb higher at box office ladder. Its dizzying box office success is a new milestone. Dangal’s breezy rise to become India’s biggest blockbuster entails a lot of shock value. Something that Baahubali 2 hasn’t been able to do. The film overtook Baahubali 2 as highest grossing Indian film of all time this Sunday. Dangal has so far amassed Rs 1719 crore worldwide including Rs 942 crore at China box office. Trade analyst Ramesh Bala confirmed same.

But the film’s new-found success in the neighbouring country is sort of a revelation. Unlike SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2, Dangal was not touted as a winner. Of course, it was expected to do well in India as it was a giant Aamir Khan vehicle powered by the intent to tell an honest story. And it did well in the country. What was not expected was how Dangal would become China’s darling and Aamir Khan a household name there. When you are forced to see a film beyond mind-boggling box office figures and explore different dimensions of success, you know it’s different. Also, you do not expect a sports drama to become a rage or phenomenon in another country.

Dangal was not a Marvel film or Baahubali. Still, the film was embraced by people of China and that’s reflected in kind of wave it created on China’s social media site: Weibo. In that sense, Dangal’s success has come as a surprise. It carries more shock value. Dangal’s success also created a new narrative for an Indian film in foreign territory that wasn’t just about number games.

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The promotion of Baahubali 2 accompanied a lot of noise. It was served as India’s first fantasy epic that will match the scale with Hollywood’s best. It had elements of visuals, scale and grandeur. It was a perfect formula for box office success. Also given the huge success of Baahubali 1, Baahubali 2’s success was almost a given. So when it joined Rs 1000-crore club, its success was celebrated but had little shock value for the audience. Can Baahubali 2 create a new narrative in China?

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    LOGAN
    Jun 2, 2017 at 9:17 pm
    Really... the Khanwood is shaken... and they wanna do all dirty tricks to beat the BB2 figures... they still not able to digest that it's South unknown actor like Prabhas who beat tgem pulp... They even not proud of it being an Indian Movie... No so called superstars from Bollywood could while heartedly praise it... Salman... who is still a moron in acting questions the movie and collections... Nevertheless.. we know their true colours...
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      Shakeer
      Jun 1, 2017 at 5:32 am
      It's A Fake Report.. Dangal is not even able to collect more than 500 crores at home India, Then how come it is collecting nearly 1000 crores in our Neighborhood Enemy country China!!?? Please have a faith to post this kind of fake reports..
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        Karan
        Jun 3, 2017 at 1:45 pm
        You Right
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        Raj
        May 31, 2017 at 9:38 pm
        The fake story of Box Office china, reflects something similar of a stani Movies success in India. Do you Indians believe this story? This is only to chase down BB2 of South India vs Mumbai (Dangal), nothing else.
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          Raj
          May 31, 2017 at 9:39 pm
          Why the you remove ' stan', word. Try to behave human, you can stani but if they you then you hate them.
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          Raj
          May 31, 2017 at 9:37 pm
          The fake story of Box Office china, reflects something similar of a stani Movies success in India. Do you Indians believe this story? This is only to chase down BB2 of South India vs Mumbai (Dangal), nothing else.
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            Mauryan
            May 31, 2017 at 8:07 pm
            Aamir Khan is a mega star. He has made wonderful movies with messages. His movies are a cl on their own. The Khan name does carry a lot of weight and brings good box office collection across India. South Indian film makers are a lot more creative. They experiment a lot. Many of the successful Bollywood movies starring Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgan are remakes of blockbusters in the Southern states. Aamir Khan's movies are the only ones that stand out as distinctly creative and novel, compared to the money making trash made in Bollywood (Sanjay Leela Bhansali is an exception as well). Baahubali came from an entirely unknown quarters in most of India, especially in the Hindi speaking states. What Baahubali did was to demonstrate that good content, good story tel , hard work, using modern technology etc. can transcend all barriers and will be welcomed by all, if it touches the hearts of the viewers. Both Baahubali movies did that. They both are successful.
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              Prabha Vadlamannati
              May 31, 2017 at 5:03 pm
              Your reviews are biased in favor of Aamir Khan. Why is the success of Dangal in China being touted as the next best thing? Granted both BB2 and Dangal are films of different genres, and both films have done well but BB2 has done better business in India as compared to Dangal and it still has to release in China so obviously its collections will be higher. Pls maintain an unbiased view and review accurately. Both films have their merits and can be appreciated on their own merits. You dont have to demean one to praise the other. For this reason I don't respect your reviews.
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                Amit Bose
                May 31, 2017 at 1:56 pm
                I agree with the article that Dangal has shock value. Never seen Indian movie is doing such a big business in China where there is no Indian diaspora like USA. Dangal is not a typical ma film like Bahubaali. Dangal not only honest film but also a classic which people will remember for its content. It is made less than half the budget of BB2 but surely winner all the way.
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                  Arindam
                  May 31, 2017 at 12:10 pm
                  So the day come when Bollywood movie is depending upon Chinese box office for hit or super hit....horrible day for Bollywood...so hope next time Mr.Khan will release his movie in China before India and in India poster of the film will be like CHINESE BLOCKBUSTER Movie by Mr.Khan...great....and you media guys are great....carry on
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                    Saurabh Debnath
                    May 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm
                    So what? When Irfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Nasiruddin Shah and Om Puri can venture in Hollywood, why can't Aamir do so.. The only thing wrong is your mind-set. Please remember a actor's job is to act.. Doesn't really matter where he/she does it..
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