^ LOL. You forget Mela and Mangal Pandey. I reckon its the easiest thing in the world to convince Aamir - just make sure he has to gain weight, lose weight, grow a long beard, a mustache, an accent..... you get the drift. Just something showy.
Well the audience have showed tremendous appreciation for his films in the last decade, the fact that you had to go back more than 10 years to find some flaws in his filmography tells how well balanced his script choices have been.
Dangal Online Advance Booking Starts, Releases in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu on December 23
By BOC India Team - December 20, 2016
Highly Awaited Dangal Pre-Booking is Open Now!
After two years gap, superstar Aamir Khan is all set to take box office by storm with his latest mammoth Dangal, which is being released this Friday on 23rd December in Hindi, Tamil & Telugu languages across the globe. His last offering was PK in 2014, which is the highest grossing movie of all time in Bollywood so far. The upcoming has enormous hype among audience and positively expected to acquire one among top three positions in the list of all time top grossing movies
Dangal is an inspirational movie based on a true story of former wrestling champion father Mahavir Singh, who trains his two daughters Geeta & Babita to become world class wrestlers. Along with Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat, Nitesh Tiwari’s directorial this sports biopic features Sakshi Tanwar as Daya Sobha Kaur w/o Mahavir, Fatima Sana Saikh as Geeta Phogat and Sanya Malhotra as Babita Kumari daughters of Mahavir.
Dangal is year’s one of the most awaited movies, which is strongly buzzing from a long time, as it is associated with the Mr. Perfectionist of Bollywood none other than Aamir Khan. Advance booking of the movie is already open across the country including single as well as multi-screen cinemas. Also it has declared as tax-free in the state Uttar Pradesh before release.
Reportedly Dangal is releasing on around 5000 screens worldwide, that includes 3950 screens of India and 1050 screens of overseas. As expected it is getting wonderful response on ticket window for pre-booking and expected to witness almost 80% of occupancy on the opening day nationwide. The movie is releasing in Pakistan too, which is a good news for it.
Genre- Sports Biopic, Drama Release Date- 23 December 2016 Language- Hindi, Tamil (Dubbed) & Telugu (Dubbed) Certification- ‘U’ Run time- 2 hrs 41 min Synopsis- Dangal is an extraordinary true story based on the life of Mahavir Singh and his two daughters, Geeta and Babita Phogat. The film traces the inspirational journey of a father who trains his daughters to become world class wrestlers. via BookMyShow Star cast- Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Saikh & Sanya Malhotra. Director- Nitesh Tiwari Producers- Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao & Siddharth Roy Kapur Production Banners- Aamir Khan Productions, Walt Disney Pictures & UTV Motion Pictures. Distributor- Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Music Director- Priyam Chakraborty Music Label- Zee Music Company
I already wrote that but people ignore what is inconvenient to them. lol
Dhoom 3 was no way better than HNY as far as script/story is concerned. Same with Talaash, Fanaa and Ghajini if you are talking about last 10 years and Aamir has done only 8 - 9 movies in the last decade so you can't ignore these 4 "bakwaas" movies which makes almost 50% of his total number of movies in the last 10 years.
Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’ To Receive Record North America Release Before India Bow
by Nancy Tartaglione December 20, 2016 10:24am
Aamir Khan has previously owned the Christmas frame in India with 2013’s Dhoom 3 and 2014’s PK. Worldwide, the latter film is the highest-grossing Bollywood movie of all time with about $100M. After sitting out last year, Khan is back with wrestling drama Dangal. In a rare move, the film will release in North America two days ahead of its home turf. It is getting a North American rollout on 331 screens beginning tomorrow, unprecedented for a Bollywood title.
Bollywood icons like Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are huge in India and the diaspora. While North America is the biggest market for Bollywood outside India, it’s not that often that a movie releases there first. Disney’s UTV, which is distributing, wanted to take advantage of the holidays when many folks have extra time off. It hits India on Friday.
The theatrical trailer for Dangal dropped in October and scored 24M YouTube views in less than a week. It’s now up to about 38.5M which is believed to be a record. A music video for “Dhaakad” with Khan performing as women wrestlers defeat the fellas, has racked up about 4.5M in two days (check it out below).
The female-empowerment film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, is particularly timely. It’s centered on former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who is forced to give up his dreams of winning gold for India in international competition due to lack of financial support. He resolves to train his future son to one day represent India in his passion sport. But destiny has other plans and all four of his children turn out to be girls. When his two eldest bash up a group of boys from the neighborhood, Mahavir realizes they have the same talent he was born with. He relentlessly pursues his goal of transforming his daughters into world-class wrestlers. They train with the village boys, and are inspired to fight to win on the mat at the Commonwealth Games, despite the odds.
This summer, India’s Sakshi Malik scored a bronze at the Rio games, making her the first female wrestler from the country to medal at an Olympics — and a sensation at home. Wrestling has been a hot theme in Bollywood this year with Salman Khan’s Sultan having grossed about $70M worldwide.
Dangal is also notable as one of the last films on the production slate of Disney-owned UTV Motion Pictures. Disney India recently said it was pulling out of Hindi film production, focusing instead on its Hollywood movies there. This year, Disney scored a coup when The Jungle Book became the highest-grossing Hollywood movie in India ever with about $39M.
For Khan, his own PK is the movie to beat. Box office figures in India are not always cut-and-dried with local reporting putting PK at 340.8 crore or $51.2M plus another $47.2M overseas. Other services have the total at just over $100M globally. Either way, it remains the biggest movie ever out of India and the one for Dangal to top.
The movie releases in several markets on Friday and comes at a time when Pakistan has ended a boycott on Bollywood films which are very popular there. The boycott began on September 30 due to political and military tensions between the neighboring countries. Reuters reports that some theater owners said the restoration was because tension was easing, but others said it was because box office had taken a sharp hit since Bollywood movies disappeared from screens.
Review by Taran Adarsh 21 December 2016 23:14 hrs IST 4.5/5
Aamir Khan -- the name is synonymous with dedication, perfection and qualitative cinema… His films have set new benchmarks at the ticket windows: GHAJINI was the first Hindi film to gross Rs 100 cr… 3 IDIOTS created a sensation when it crossed Rs 200 cr mark [it was the first Hindi film to cross the magical figure]… PK, the highest grosser to date in the domestic market [Hindi films], was also the first film to cruise past Rs 300 cr…
Obviously, DANGAL carries colossal expectations on its shoulders. The last biggie of the year 2016 is also expected to bail out the industry, since 2016 hasn’t been kind to Hindi cinema. The biz is at an all-time low, with most films sinking faster than Titanic.
Let’s clarify a pertinent doubt before I proceed ahead… DANGAL is *not* similar to SULTAN. There’s a world of a difference between the two films that eye the same sport: Wrestling. SULTAN was a work of fiction, with focus on the love story, while DANGAL is based on the true story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who trained his daughters Geeta and Babita and made them world class wrestlers. So there!
2016 has witnessed stories based on real-life characters/incidents. In addition, films soaked in reality, generally speaking, take the realistic route without bowing to market diktats or over-stretching realities. DANGAL stays true to the material, yet its efficient storyteller Nitesh Tiwari along with the team of writers [story idea: Divya Rao; writers: Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain, Nikhil Mehrotra] ensures that the film connects with every segment of moviegoers. Besides, the writers stay away from the familiar and tried-and-tested tropes to woo Aamir’s legion of fans, which is credible.
DANGAL is a flawless piece of work -- it’s captivating, unpredictable, spellbinding, entertaining and never overstays its welcome [run time: 2.41 hours]. Most importantly, DANGAL is seeped in Indian ethos. The highs and lows, the triumphs and failures, the laughter and heartbreak… you smile, you laugh, you weep, you cheer, you feel ecstatic… DANGAL encompasses it all adroitly, with the finale leaving you exhilarated.
The plot: Mahavir Singh Phogat [Aamir Khan] is a wrestler whose sole dream is to win gold for India in the sport of wrestling and since he is unable to do so himself, he decides that he will train his son to become a champion. However, Mahavir is blessed with daughters and feels his dream of winning a medal for India lies shattered.
One day, Mahavir gets to know that his young daughters have had an altercation with neighbourhood boys and bashed them black and blue. That’s when he realises that his dream of winning a gold medal for the country in wrestling could be achieved by his daughters. Mahavir decides to train his young daughters into world class wrestlers.
The girls are reluctant initially and find it tough to cope with the gruelling training sessions, but soon become proficient in the sport. Will Geeta and Babita manage to fulfil their father’s dream?
After having directed CHILLAR PARTY and BHOOTHNATH RETURNS, Nitesh Tiwari delivers his most accomplished work so far. Most films take a long time to come to the point, but the middle and final acts of DANGAL are as attention-grabbing and enticing as its first act. Tiwari deserves brownie points for narrating the story with flourish and the message that the film conveys resonates loud and clear, without getting preachy at any point. The narrative style is simplistic, yet solid and that’s what catches your eye.
Emotions have always been the mainstay of Aamir Khan’s films and DANGAL is no exception. They are genuine and relatable. Besides, there’s a strong emotional connect as DANGAL depicts the delicate relationship shared by a father and his daughters most realistically. The drama is spot-on and the emotional quotient is poignant and heartrending. The penultimate moments take the film to an all-time high, imparting the sheen and sparkle that it deserves.
Pritam contributes a couple of winning melodies that compliment the goings-on delightfully. ‘Haanikaarak Bapu’, ‘Dhaakad’, ‘Gilehriyaan’ and the title track are already well-liked and the best part is, they have been smartly integrated into the proceedings. The background score is effectual and enhances the impact of the drama. The DoP [Setu] deserves tremendous praise. The frames do complete justice to the vision of the director. Dialogue empowers the film wonderfully and at places, are clap-worthy.
The wrestling sequences are superbly executed. Be it the training sessions or the dhobi-pachhads or vanquishing the opponents in the akhada and in the ring, it’s a delight to watch these sequences on screen. Will surely evoke whistles and applause. Editing [Ballu Saluja] is razor-sharp and watertight. There’s no room for restlessness or boredom here.
DANGAL is, without a shred of doubt, an Aamir Khan show all the way. The supremely skilled actor returns after a hiatus [PK] with yet another sterling act that doesn’t miss a beat. He takes giant strides as an actor and gives the film the much-needed power. His expressions, body language and the much-talked-about transformation from a fit and fine young wrestler to a pot-bellied, middle-aged father speak volumes. Another commanding performance that needs to be highlighted is that of Sakshi Tanwar. She compliments Aamir’s character marvellously, displaying the varied emotions seamlessly.
Both, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra inject freshness to their respective characters. Fatima is fantastic as Aamir’s daughter, who makes her father and nation proud of her achievements. She is in top form. Ditto for Sanya, who makes her debut with DANGAL. The ease with which she portrays her role is applaud-worthy. As a matter of fact, the relationship that Fatima and Sanya share with their on-screen parents [Aamir and Sakshi] seems straight out of life and identifiable.
The actors who portray their younger parts -- Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar -- excel. Frankly, one is so invested in the characters that it makes it easy to root for them as they go from strength to strength during the course of the film.
Aparshakti Khurrana is an actor to watch out for. Enacting the part of Aamir's nephew, the youngster not only contributes immensely to some lively and wonderful moments, but also delivers a first-rate performance. Ritwik Sahore [Aparshakti's younger part] is equally efficient. Girish Kulkarni [coach] is, again, a hugely competent actor, who shines in his part. Vivan Bhathena, in a cameo, is perfect.
On the whole, DANGAL is a masterpiece. A terrific film that stays in your heart and remains etched in your memory much after the screening has concluded. A brilliant film that restores your faith in Hindi cinema. Actually, it won’t be erroneous to state that DANGAL is the finest film to come out of the Hindi film industry in a long, long time and mark my words, it will be remembered as a classic in times to come. It blends drama, emotions, sportsmanship and patriotism extraordinarily… the icing on the cake being Aamir Khan’s towering act. This rich-in-merits film has a major advantage too -- the holidays ahead [Christmas and New Year] -- which will ensure a glorious run at the ticket counters. A must, must watch!
Dangal Advance Booking Response | Set For Record Breaking Opening
December 21, 2016
The last biggie of the year is all set to blast box office across the world. The pre-booking across the nation already alarmed that Aamir Khan’s biographical sports drama Dangal set for blockbuster opening. The film has opened its ticket counter everywhere and the response in multiplexes and single screen looking quite promising. The film received massive response in metropolitan cities and other urban areas. Being Christmas release the film raises huge expectations at worldwide box office.
Dangal Advance Booking Running In Full Swing Since the ticket window opened the film has been selling tickets quite decent number on each passing day. Now the film has left 2 days to book its maximum tickets and looking at the current performance the opening occupancy might reach to 70-75% in the morning shows everywhere. Here check out the area wise performance of the film which it has recorded till 21st Dec at ticket window.
Delhi NCR: The film opened in massive number in capital city. The occupancy for opening day already reached 50% in each multiplexes while single screens are also doing fantastic. The most responsive cinemas like Carnival: Ansal Plaza Vaishali , Carnival: Ansal Plaza, Palam Vihar, DT Savitri: Greater Kailash 2 and PVR: Pacific, Delhi have been registered 50-60% occupancy and still 1 day to go for its release.
Mumbai: The film city also picking height as day passing at ticket window. The occupancy across the city recorded in between 45-50% in multiplexes. There are some screens which already booked more than 65% occupancy for day one the cinemas are Anand Cinema: Thane , Ashok Anil Multiplex: Ulhasnagar, INOX: Nakshatra Mall, Dadar (W). Well the film is almost expected to kick off around with 70-75% in the morning shows on its debut day.
Jaipur: The Pink city has show commendable performance across the region. The screens which allotted are doing respectable booking as the coming close. Even the circuit has shown better occupancy as compared to Delhi and Mumbai. The film has arleady booked 75% average occupancy for opening day in Entertainment Paradise: Jawahar Circle, INOX: Sunny Trade Center, Jaipur 55, Raj Mandir Cinema: Bhagwan Das Road and INOX: Vaibhav, Amarapali Circle.
Other Circuits: The rest of circuits like Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Punjab and other nothern parts are high on demand for this film. The occupancy so far in these regions recorded more than 30% for opening day. Though one day yet to be passed and expected to stretch occupancy more than 50% in morning show of debut day.
Well the film has been appeared on special screen where the Bollywood fraternity can’t stop praising Mr. Perfectionist work in the film. The film received huge big thumb from Bollywood celebs now let’s see how audience find it. Looking at the buzz all around the early trend suggest that the opening is all set to come in range between 28-30 Cr net across the country. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the film is scheduled to release on 23rd Dec across the world.
My guess is that dangal would do around 260-270 and get a BB verdict. It will do very well in overseas markets though, especially in North America. I have not watched it but I think it does not have enough masala to sustain big to score 300+. From the reviews it appears to be a chak de kind of film. While such movies may be great for multiplex audience they are not going to challenge all time collections. Also dangal will most likely suffer from demonitization, especially when it comes to repeat audience. Many people would see it once but they won't come back no matter how much they love it. However, it does have 3 completely open weeks, so that will help.
Saw Dangal today. There is one factor common in all his recent movies - social issues Dangal - unrealistic expectation (medals) without providing infrastructure and support PK - Business in the name of religion and sentiments 3I - Engineer without engineering
Throwing light on these social issues with right amount of emotions is working big time with AK.
I watched it. It has its flaws but the good parts overshadow those moments. What stands out for me in this movie is how well everyone has acted. Casting is absolutely brilliant. IMO this is Aamir Khan's best performance since Lagaan/DCH. He was becoming a bit stale lately despite his movies doing well at the BO. He redeems himself here. The girls were fab and so were Sakshi and other actors. The other thing that captured my attention is how well they have managed to display the wresting sequences. They look 100% authentic and yet exciting. This is perhaps the best Hindi movie when it comes to maintaining authenticity in sport scenes. On the downside, a few forced dramatic moments could have been done away with and it felt about 10-15 mins longer. I will give it 8/10. Personally I'd place it behind Lagaan and Chak De when it comes to sport movies.
As for BO, I am sticking with my earlier prediction. I think this will do somewhere between 250-280. It does not have enough entertainment values to cross 300.
It was predicted in this column a few days back that Dangal would open to a start of over 25 crore. However, the film has fetched numbers even beyond expectations as it has come close to the 30 crore mark instead. With 29.78 crore coming in on Friday [including 59 lakhs from the Tamil and Telugu versions], the film has taken the second best start of the year after Sultan [36.54 crore]. Also, it has comfortably surpassed M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story, which had collected 21.3 crore on its opening day.
As a matter of fact, the start of Dangal is almost comparable to that of Sultan since latter had arrived just around Eid and there was no impact on the Salman Khan starrer due to demonetization either. In case of Dangal, one can claim that around 10% [3 crore] has definitely been lost due to a good chunk of ‘aam junta’ still struggling with cash issues. This isn’t all as if one looks at the fact that Dangal is not really a quintessential Bollywood film (zero romantic angle, no chartbuster song, rural background, sports theme no villainy per se) and defies quite a few stereotypes, and it makes the opening all the more phenomenal.
Reviews for the Nitesh Tiwari are out and out positive and the word of mouth too ranges from good to excellent. As a result, it is pretty much on the cards that the growth for Dangal would be fantastic from this point on. It is a given that the film would fetch a weekend of 100 crore, hence turning out to be one of those very few films in the history of Bollywood to achieve this feat.
Dangal has embarked on a Blockbuster start and while the stage has already been set, next few days would define if it would be stepping into the All Time Blockbuster zone as well.
Note: All numbers as per production and distribution sources
Even though I am not an Aamir Khan fan, we all have to admit that he has surpassed SRK in both overall film choice and box office. I still believe his acting is way better but his script sense is lacking and this is where Aamir carries the edge.
With a start of 29.78 crore on its first Friday, Dangal has entered the record books by emerging as the second biggest non-holiday opener ever. The list below features those films that didn’t have a holiday on Friday or Saturday.
Either a festival fell on a Sunday [Christmas for Dangal] which won’t make any difference to the collections or on the weekdays [Kick arrived on Eid] which doesn’t have any bearing on the Friday opening.
Dhoom: 3 – 36.22 crore Dangal – 29.78 crore PK – 27 crore Kick – 26.52 crore M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story – 21.3 crore Dabangg 2 – 21 crore Dilwale – 21 crore Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – 19.45 crore Fan – 19.2 crore Ek Villain – 16.7 crore
What is noticeable about this is the fact that in this list, Aamir Khan tops with each of the three releases – Dhoom:3, Dangal and PK. This pretty much establishes the fact that at least when it comes to the opening day numbers, Aamir Khan hasn’t relied on a holiday. That said, he smartly brings his films around the time when holiday season is about to kick-start, what with each of these films arriving around Christmas and then leveraging from the festive and celebration season that goes way into the New Year as well.
Ditto for Salman Khan who brought his Kick and Dabangg 2 around Eid and Christmas respectively, hence benefitting in the weekdays instead of the opening day. Shahrukh Khan too has a couple of films in there, Dilwale and Fan, and in terms of pure non-holiday release it was the latter that was at disadvantage considering the fact that the second week for Dilwale stepped into the Christmas season. M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story had Gandhi Jayanti falling on Sunday which negated the holiday advantage and the only two other films that didn’t have an advantage of a single day were Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Ek Villain.
That said, the list is primarily dominated by those in the business [Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan] who have been around for over 25 years, which makes it even sweeter for young blood like Sushant Singh Rajput [M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story], Ranbir Kapoor [Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani] and Sidharth Malhotra/Riteish Deshmukh [Ek Villain] to find themselves into the list.
Note: All numbers as per production and distribution sources
Dangal has had a huge Saturday with collections set to be around 34 crore nett as per early estimates with the film showing a 20% increase in collections from Friday and the total in two days will be around 63 crore nett plus. The continued its extraordinary collections in the North while the rest of the country was also excellent. The places that were not so huge on Friday like Gujarat and West Bengal picked up well on Saturday but can still improve a lot. The collections at many multiplexes of Delhi NCR and East Punjab saw all time records, in another words they recorded the highest ever collections for a single day beating likes of Main Prem Ki Deewani, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Sultan and PK.
There is a holiday for Christmas tomorrow and it will boost the film a little from a normal Sunday but it would have been great if Christmas fell on Monday as that would enable the film to get real benefit of the holiday. Also the film is reaching capacity levels at multiplexes where it is very strong so if it is to get that big holiday growth on Sunday it will have come from smaller city multiplexes and single screens.
The growth on Saturday of around 20% is excellent and this has ensured a blockbuster film as when such growth comes on Saturday on such a wide release it means there will be a hold on Monday though at what level will only be known on Monday evening.
No over promotions,No lousy item songs, no big director (some were insinuating Hirani to be the main reason of the successes) just a proper story well presented and skilfully executed can do wonders.....
Dangal is looking to be the second film to hit 200 crore Worldwide in its first weekend. The first was Sultan earlier this year and though the top are from this year, they are the only films from this year. Dangal has recorded 45 crore more than last years Christmas release and 26 crore more than PK released two years back. The figures are not that much higher than Dhoom 3 which still holds the record for the highest Overseas opening of all time. The final Overseas figures from various markets will come later in the week as it is holiday period and not all screens are reported but on apprx estimates its looking a $9 million extended weekend as it realeased early in many places in Overseas and $8 million over the three day weekend. The film has fared best in US / Canada as Christmas Day is huge for box office there. Below are the top ten Worldwide opening three day weekends.