Indian government abolished article 370 and article 35A, which provided a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. This bold step was praised by majority sections of the society but expectedly the negative reactions from Pakistan poured in. In the aftermath, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan declared that no Indian films will be screened at their box office.
Though Bollywood movies were said to earn some good chunk of business there, let’s breakdown the dent, the ban on movie screening will cause in overall income by analyzing the top Bollywood grossers in Pakistan.
Top 5 Bollywood grossers in Pakistan:
Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju is the highest grosser in Pakistan, which did an approx business of 37.50 crores. The amount is little more than its opening collection of 34.75 crores in India and if compared with its Indian lifetime of 341.22 crores, it’s a mere 10.98%.
Salman Khan has a huge fan base in Pakistan and his almost every movie performs well in the region. Sultan is Salman’s highest and overall 2nd highest Bollywood grosser. It earned approx 37 crores, which is slightly more than its opening day of 36.54 crores in India. If compared with Indian lifetime of 300.45 crores, it’s just 12.31%.
Aamir Khan’s Dhoom 3 is at the third position with a lifetime of approx 25 crores, which is way less than its opening day of 36 crores in India. It sums up to 8.92% of 280.25 crores domestic total.
Another Aamir Khan starrer, PK collected approx 22 crores in its theatrical run in Pakistan, which is less than the opening day of 26.63 crores here. It sums up to 6.48% of 339.50 crores domestic total.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the fifth-highest grosser with an approx collection of 23 crores and its way less than the opening day of 27.25 crores in India. Considering the Indian lifetime of 320.34 crores, the movie earned just 7% there.
On the whole, it can be said that Pakistan’s ban on Indian movies, especially Bollywood, will hardly affect the business of the industry. It is clearly visible that the lifetime total of biggies there is almost equal to their opening day in India, which speaks volume about the hoopla surrounding the ban. Being said this, we still believe in cinema should be accessible to everyone around the world and art should not be restricted. On a funnier side, this reminds us of the song, “Ismein tera ghaata, mera kuch nahi jaata.”