Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ to get widest release across 9,000 screens in China

After an unprecedented response to Aamir Khan’s “PK”, China is welcoming the actor-producer’s latest Bollywood blockbuster “Dangal” with open arms in a record-breaking number of screens on Friday, the producers have said.

The number of screens showing the movie would be larger than all the screens put together in India. “‘Dangal’ will release in China in 9,000 screens — which is the widest ever release for an Indian film in any territory,” Amrita Pandey, Vice President, Studios, Disney India — the movie’s co-producer — said.

“We are very excited to release ‘Dangal’ in China. The film is very special and with a story which has the potential to travel the world and transcend geographies,” Pandey added.

In China, which has nearly 40,000 screens, “Dangal” will release as “Shuai Jiao Baba”, which means “Let’s Wrestle, Dad”.

It is a biopic of former Indian wrestler Mahavir Phogat who trains his daughters to become world-class wrestlers — a story which resonated well with the Indian audience, generating over Rs 385 crore ticket sales upon its release.

According to the KPMG-Ficci Indian Media and Entertainment Industry Report 2016, the screen count in India currently stands at 8,500, including single screens and multiplex ones. And this low screen density is said to be one of the biggest deterrents in the growth of the Indian film industry, which produces one of the maximum number of movies in a year.

Just last month, Aamir and “Dangal” director Nitesh Tiwari were in China to promote “Dangal”, which officially opened this year’s edition of the Beijing International Film Festival.

“They received a tremendously positive response from the audience, press and trade there,” Pandey said.

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