Aamir Khan's Dangal 'boycotted' by China's biggest cinema leaves fans angry

People connected with the release of the movie said it grossed around Rs 15 crore on the opening day after it released in over 7,000 screens despite China's biggest cinema theatre group Wanda not choosing to screen it. Aamir's Dangal released in about 9,000 screens in China, which is a record in itself, as it is the widest ever release for an Indian film in any territory.

The report claims that "Dangal" is shown in only 37 screens, which is about 1 percent of the total screens.

Aamir Khan's film Dangal has got the widest release in China even after facing what fans in China termed a ban by Wanda, China's biggest operator which has about 1657 screens spread across the country.

The film, which opened on May 5, had crossed Rs 20.65 crore by early Saturday (22.16 million Yuan), around four times the earlier high for an Indian film of Rs 5.7 crore set by PK.

Nevertheless, Dangal is still the wildest release in the country and is expected to earn good amount.

Pointing out that Khan is counted among the most popular Bollywood actors in China, the film's spokesperson says, "Dangal is releasing this Friday with a footprint of 10,000-plus screens, a never-before-seen feat for any Hindi film". Aamir Khan has a huge fan base in China, and his movie PK has also impressed the Chinese audiences. "The film is very special and with a story which has the potential to travel the world and transcend geographies", Pandey added.

"We are very excited to release "Dangal" in China".

"The best movie I have ever watched, worth to stay up all night for the evening show", said one fan on the website Douban. Dangal was released on 9000 screens yesterday but it was boycotted by Wanda, China's biggest multiplexes chain. "I am hearing great reviews about it", Gu Xiaoling told IANS. Actresses Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra played Geeta and Babita, TV star Sakshi Tanwar was cast as their mother.

  • Leroy Wright