Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan Opens To HOUSEFULL shows in Landmark Bangladesh Release, Full Weekend Sold Out

Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan has opened in Bangladesh to massive numbers. Bangladesh had previously imposed a ban on foreign films to protect the interests of the local industry. But this year, it was decided that the country will allow up to 10 imported films to be screened commercially.

Pathaan is the first one to get a proper release; the film opened in 48 theatres, and will have nearly 200 shows per day. According to the local distributor Action-Cut Entertainment’s Ananya Mamun, tickets for the first two days were sold out in advance of the release, a Times of India report says. Pathaan is the first Hindi film to be released in Bangladesh since the country gained independence in 1971, Yash Raj Films said in a statement ahead of the historical move.

Bangladesh briefly relaxed its laws regarding foreign films for Salman Khan’s Wanted in 2009, but according to a Variety report, the film’s commercial release was disrupted after a local cinema organisation protested. Wanted was removed from the 50 theatres it was playing in after a week. Ahead of Pathaan’s release in Bangladesh, Yash Raj Films’ Nelson D’Souza said in a statement, “Cinema has always been a unifying force between nations, races and cultures. It transcends borders, galvanises people and plays a significant hand in bringing people together. We are incredibly thrilled that Pathaan, which has done historic business worldwide, will now get a chance to entertain audiences in Bangladesh!”

Incidentally, Salman appears in a cameo in Pathaan, which went on to become the highest-grossing Hindi movie of all time in India. The action-spy thriller made more than Rs 1050 crore globally, and marked the long-awaited return of Shah Rukh Khan in starring roles. The film also starred Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana. The character Pathaan will next appear in the third Tiger film, starring Salman. Both films are a part of YRF’s spy universe of interconnected action movies.

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In Bangladesh, Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan Sold Out For Weekend In Advance

Pathaan has opened to HOUSEFULL boards all over Bangladesh and film is sold out for entire weekend in advance. Though there are very few cinemas in Bangladesh but still the craze for the film is insane. Film should collect 50 lacs nett plus on day one and if it can cross 4-5 cr nett there in its run, then it will cross 400 crore overseas collections. It is at 397 cr as of now in terms of overseas number.

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