27 October, 2020

Million Dollar Movies

As Subhash Ghai's 'Taal' zooms into the Top 20 in the US and the Top 10 in the UK, Indian films are bringing in the audiences, and money, abroad

Million Dollar Movies
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THE Subhash Ghai musical, Taal, an agonisingly slow starter at the box office in India, has quickly hit its chartbusting strides in the West. In its first 10 days in the US, where it opened on the August 15 weekend with an unprecedented 44 prints, the film grossed $1.1 million (approximately Rs 4.5 crore) and zoomed into the Top 20. In the UK, too, Taal broke into the Top 10, setting a new benchmark for popular Hindi films as it, with 25 prints, mopped up an incredible Rs 1.2 crore within a week of its release. In certain multi-screen cinemas in the UK, the Ghai film drew more viewers than the Hollywood releases it was competing with.

The incredible collection figures that Taal has registered overseas can't but be music to Subhash Ghai's ears. As they should be to the ears of all Bollywood denizens. For Taal isn't the only Hindi film that has made waves in the US and UK in recent times. Several Hindi releases—Dil Se, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Sarfarosh and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, among others—have left an...

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