Bollywood King Shahrukh Khan’s film Pathan is creating a buzz in Bangladesh as well. There the film has been released on 48 screens. Everyday 200 shows are going on. According to media reports, the shows of the first two days of this film released on May 12 are houseful. People are enjoying this film very much in theatres.
Some videos are going viral on social media in which people are dancing on the songs of the film in theatres. Apparently, for the first time a Hindi film has been released on a large scale in Bangladesh. According to the information, the film has collected 50 lakh rupees on the first day.
Some photos are going viral on social media in which people are seen carrying Pathan’s poster on the streets of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The number of movie theaters in Bangladesh is very less. Despite this, it is estimated that the film will make a lifetime collection of four to five crores there.
Now Pathan’s total overseas collection is 397 crores. If the film collects 4-5 crores there, then the total overseas collection will be 400 crores. The government of Bangladesh decided only after independence that they would not allow any foreign film to run in their country. The rationale behind the government’s decision was that this decision would encourage local films there. However, this decision backfired.
Such films are not made there which can entertain the audience. Most of the cinema hall owners there have converted their theaters into shopping centers or apartments. According to a report by Money Control, more than 1000 theaters have been closed in Bangladesh in the last 20 years.
The government of Bangladesh has now decided that from now on every year 10 foreign films will be commercially released. Before Pathan, in 2009, Salman Khan’s film Wanted was also released in Bangladesh. At that time, the government of Bangladesh had given some relaxation in the rule. However, a local cinema association protested against the film’s release. Then Wanted was pulled from the 50 theaters in which it had been running for a week.
People thronged the theaters dancing to songs like Pathan and Besharam Rang. This clearly shows the craze the people of Bangladesh have for Shahrukh and his film.
Nelson D’Souza, an artist associated with Yash Raj Films, said, ‘We are thankful to the authorities there for releasing Pathan in Bangladesh. Shahrukh Khan has a huge fan following in Bangladesh and we want to bring the film to the audience. The film will also represent the culture and cinema of our country in Bangladesh.