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'Dangal' Makes More History In China, Joins List Of All-Time 20 Biggest Box Office Hits

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    'Dangal' Makes History In China By Joining List Of All-Time 20 Biggest Box Office Hits
    [​IMG]Rob Cain, CONTRIBUTOR
    Jun 9, 2017 1:33 AM 35
    Indian family sports drama Dangal has now pushed the 2016 Hong Kong-China action film Operation Mekong out of the number 20 spot to enter the list of China’s top 20 highest-grossing movies in history.

    The Aamir Khan-starring, Nitesh Tiwari-directed hit has set several new Chinese records, including:

    • Highest-grossing non-Chinese/non-English language film in Chinese history, with $174.8 million to date and still counting
    • China’s leggiest film ever, with a current cume of 83x its first-day gross of $2.1 million
    • Most consecutive days with $1 million or more in box office, at 35 so far
    • Highest single-territory gross for an Indian film outside of India




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    Dangal

    With 26 days left to go in its China run, Dangal should pick up another $20 million or so in the PRC. That total would push it up 5 more notches, just past Avatar, to become the 15th highest grosser in Chinese history.






    Read More: How A 52-Year-Old Indian Actor Became China’s Favorite Movie Star

    Although no other non-Chinese/non-English film has ever come close to reaching such lofty box office heights in the PRC, it should be mentioned that one film with Indian elements, Kung Fu Yoga, did wind up with a higher China gross, at $211 million. But aside from some Indian actors and locations, that picture was almost wholly Chinese, with a Chinese writer-director (Stanley Tong), a Chinese lead actor (Jackie Chan), and a completely Chinese producing team.





    So if we disqualify Kung Fu Yoga from this analysis, there is no other non-Hollywood foreign film ranked even in the PRC’s historical top 50.

    Read More:‘Dangal’ Pins Down 1,000 Crore Rs / $154 mm To Become China’s Leggiest Movie Ever

    What this means for the future of Indian films in China is uncertain. One real test will come if and when Uncle Khan (as he is known in China) sees his next film, Secret Superstar, in which he appears in a cameo, release in China later this year. An even bigger and more important test to anticipate is whether an Indian film that doesn’t feature Khan can succeed in the PRC. So far that hasn’t happened.

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    https://www.forbes.com/sites/robcai...time-20-biggest-box-office-hits/#cc4cd6c5b16d
     
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    I hope "Bahubali 2" follows the same path.
     
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    They are both India's pride.....
    :india::india::india:
    But Dangal worked because it's subject matter appealed to Chinese people and Amir Khan is already famous there.Also Chinese censorship will never allow a movie like Dangal which highlights the system's fault so it's something unique for China.
    Baahubali 2 probably won't work this well, they already have enough action movies of their own.Case in point Baahubali 1 made only CN¥7.49 million(₹7.78 crore) in China.
     
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    'Dangal' Diplomacy: China's Xi Warms Sino-Indian Relations By Telling Modi "I Like the film"
    [​IMG]Rob Cain, CONTRIBUTOR
    Jun 9, 2017 11:31 PM 75
    One of the surest ways into any Indian’s heart is to compliment him on his country’s movies.

    And that’s just what China’s President Xi Jinping did when he sat down in Kazakhstan on Friday with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hash out the disputes that confront the world’s two biggest countries. As Xi surely knows, there’s scarcely anything, aside from cricket and religion, that can stir the passions of Indians so deeply.





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    Modi and Xi talk movies at the SCO Summit in Astana, [+]
    While there is much that divides these two ancient civilizations, both in their cultural DNA and in their contemporary politics, one thing that both sides can agree upon is their appreciation for Aamir Khan and his latest film, Dangal.



    According to India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, President Xi told Prime Minister Modi that he had watched the film—now the 20thhighest-grossing in Chinese box office history—and he had liked it. Although he may have had ulterior motives, like winning the PM’s favor regarding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or to soften Modi’s resolve to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group, it’s also perfectly plausible that Xi genuinely enjoyed the heartwarming family movie.

    Despite their differences, both countries are in similar stages of economic and cultural development, and thus face many similar challenges. Both are rising swiftly from poverty to prosperity, from rural life to urban, from male-dominated patriarchies to civil societies working to bring about gender equality. And as it happens, Dangal deals with these issues in ways that resonate deeply for Indian and Chinese audiences alike.





    Dangal is inspired by the true-life story of a frustrated former wrestler who lives out his life’s ambition vicariously through his daughters, who he teaches to reach for the impossible by becoming internationally competitive wrestlers. its heartfelt exploration of father-daughter relationships, parental sacrifice and pursuing one’s dreams against seemingly impossible odds have been critical to its giant embrace by Chinese audiences.

    According to Foreign Minister Jaishankar, despite the frosty bilateral relations between the two countries, Xi and Modi made a point of discussing the possibility of enhancing cultural cooperation between the two countries. Xi also talked about upcoming Yoga Day celebrations in China.

    Xi’s mention of Dangal must have provided some sweet vindication to the film’s star and producer Aamir Khan, who has faced political troubles at home. After being branded as “anti-national” by far right groups, he saw his contract as brand ambassador for Indian tourism abruptly cancelled by the government. And yet, rather ironically, with Dangal he has done more for India’s image and promotion in China than almost anyone else.


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    Arrey yaar Dangal dekhkar nuclear kutta Kim bhi kahega "Il Jong khush hua". Xinping is pocketing 75% of the collections. Sale Chini topi pehna rahe hain:****:
     
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    They collect 75% of all foreign movies, including Hollywood.Still Hollywood bends over backward to get their a movies released in China.They know how to utilise their market size very well.

    Even this 25% means that Aamir Khan's personal income from Dangal increased by about 100 crore(from before it was released in China).This is the highest an Indian actor ever made from a single movie.


    However I will never ask for same strategy from Indian gov.If our Bollywood guys don't have competition from Hollywood,these idiots will never improve.Look at how monotonous Chinese movies are now, repeating the same fighting formula again and again.One big reason Dangal did so well there (as pointed by many chinese)is because their domestic movie industry never makes something so different.
     
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    'Dangal' Slams 'Monkey King,' 'Captain America' To Grab 17th Place On China's All-Time list

    Rob Cain
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    Nitesh Tiwari’s wrestling drama Dangal continued its extraordinary theatrical run in China by scoring another $570,000 to move into 17th place on China’s all-time highest-grossing movie ranking.

    Dangal has now extended its release to 44 days in the Middle Kingdom, an exceptional run for any film in the territory these days, let alone a non-Hollywood foreign picture. At $183 million in gross theatrical coin it has extended its box office multiple to 83x its opening day total, a huge leap over the previous record of 69x that had been established by Zootopia in March and April of 2016.

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    'Dangal' now ranks as the 8th highest-grossing imported film in China's history.

    The Hindi language hit entered the list of China’s top 20 all-time highest grossing films just over a week ago when it surpassed the 1.184 billion RMB ($175 million) that had been earned by Hong Kong-China crime thriller Operation Mekong last year. Then it continued its climb past The Monkey King 2’s 1.201 billion, and yesterday it left Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and China’s Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (another Monkey King-themed film) in its dust at 1.247 billion RMB ($182 million). No other non-Hollywood foreign film ranks even in the PRC’s historical top 50.



    The next hurdle for Dangal on China’s winners list is the Huang Bo-starring comedy Lost in Thailand, which rang up 1.272 billion RMB in 2012 ($187 million in 2017 dollars). It should be able to reach that total by next week, but will need to get there before June 23rd, when all bets are off. That’s the date when Transformers: The Last Knight will arrive in China and suck all the air out of the market. The Transformers sequel will release on more two-thirds of China’s movie screens, thus taking away most of the 5,000+ screens currently held by Dangal.


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    At this point the 15th film on the list, Avatar, is probably out of reach for Dangal at 1.34 billion RMB. The Indian import will only have another 11 more days in China release when Transformer 5 arrives, unless its distribution license is improbably renewed. So we can expect Dangal to finish with a final China tally of around $190 million. That would make it the country's 8th-highest grossing import ever, at least until Transformers knocks it down by a rung around the end of the month.

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    I understand that no one is interested in this thread.But I just couldn't resist.:)

    First article is from South China morning Post and second is from Forbes.Even though it's basically same news.

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    Bollywood offers China lessons on soft power

    Hu Jianlong says hostility towards free speech in China hurts the nation’s ability to create a film like India’s Dangal, which has delighted Chinese viewers


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    President Xi Jinping recently told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he watched the Bollywood film, Dangal, and liked it. Their conversation took place on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, on June 9.

    Apart from Titanic, a Hollywood blockbuster of the 1990s, few foreign films have been bestowed such glory in China as Dangal. In 1998, Titanic became such a massive hit that then-Chinese leader Jiang Zemin recommended the entire Communist Party Politburo watch it. At that point, few Chinese expected a Bollywood movie would rock the whole nation 20 years later.

    Dangal, a sports drama about India’s first gold medal-winning wrestler, Geeta Phogat, collected US$186.5 million in 47 days of its run in China, breaking a slew of records for the Indian film industry. It is the first non-Hollywood film to amass over 1 billion yuan (US$147 million) in China. It is the first time that the box office for a Bollywood blockbuster in China has outperformed that of its home Indian market. The Indian press, whose China pages are often occupied by stories of border disputes and diplomatic rows, are baffled at the reception for this film: they marvel that no matter where Aamir Khan appears during his travels across China, he creates a stir with his fans.


    Dangal’s success reaches far beyond box office earnings in China. It also prompts a comparison between China and India. China’s state media has a long tradition of playing down and disparaging India. Beijing’s propaganda machine often portrays India as a nation of failure with appalling sanitary conditions, horrible public transportation and rampant rape. Beijing tries to link India’s “backwardness” to its democracy, suggesting that democracy leads to chaos while China’s totalitarianism creates prosperity and efficiency.

    Invoking the image of a poor and dirty India enables Beijing to show, in contrast, how successful China’s socialism with Chinese characteristics is and how well the Chinese people are cared for by the ruling Communist Party.

    An image of India as a loser is subtly tailored into Beijing’s narrative.

    But Dangal has raised doubts about the Indian profile and image promoted by China’s party-controlled media. The question millions of Chinese audiences commonly ask is: why can’t the Chinese produce such an epic movie? A celebrated commenter on the Chinese social media site WeChat provided a possible answer. After travelling in India a few years ago, he concluded that India was 20 or 30 years behind China in terms of infrastructure. However, in terms of the invisible areas of fine art and literature, China was lagging India. Many young Chinese readers agreed with him.

    The commenter also pointed out a weak link in China’s quest for rejuvenation: soft power is absent from China’s rise despite its economic achievements. Dangal mirrors such a Chinese shortcoming. Although China’s economy is more than five times larger than India’s, the latter has greater soft power than China.

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    So, what lessons can China learn from Dangal’s success?

    First of all, soft power can only come from a free civil society. This point is raised by Joseph Nye, the Harvard professor known as the father of soft-power theories. China’s soft-power push proved his claim. In 2009, the Chinese Communist Party launched a campaign to improve its global image. The campaign is called Da Wai Xuan (Great External Propaganda), and an important part of it is helping the party’s mouthpieces expand China’s presence globally.

    Billions of dollars were spent on the campaign, and many communist cadres trumpeting the campaign were promoted. There was little else. Unsurprisingly, the campaign evolved into a typical vanity project, and it failed to impress the targeted Western audience because people living in democracies don’t take propaganda blindly. In contrast, Dangal generates forceful soft power as well as billions of income without any government funding. Therefore, China should rely on civil society and the private sector, rather than party apparatus, to exercise soft power.

    Secondly, soft power is set to decline when hard power suffocates openness and freedom of speech. Beneath the surface of Dangal’s success is an accomplished team of screenwriters, musicians and cinematographers. All these creative jobs can only blossom from the soil of openness and tolerance. Democracy means India is in a far better position than China in protecting openness and freedom, which encourages independent minds to craft masterpieces. However, China is seemingly stepping in the opposite direction. While Xi was applauding Dangal, the Cyberspace Administration of China closed hundreds of social media accounts which were accused of crossing the censorship line. The recent move signals the intensifying hostility towards the media and freedom of speech across China. It will undermine China’s capability to produce its own Dangal.

    Hu Jianlong, a Fulbright/Humphrey Fellow in 2015-2016, is an entrepreneur and a freelance writer based in Bangalore, India


    This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as:
    Beijing should learn from Bollywood film that captured China

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    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/dipl...682/bollywood-offers-china-lessons-soft-power



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    Dangal's Abiding Impact On China's Hearts And Minds Is A Win For Indian Democracy

    In an excellent piece for Hong Kong’s “South China Morning Post” today, Bangalore, India-based entrepreneur and Fulbright Scholar Hu Jianlong addressed a topic I’ve been writing and speaking about for years: China’s utter inability to export its ideals and values due to its government’s self-sabotaging campaigns against freedom of expression.


    Without even trying, Dangal achieved in China what the Chinese Communist Party has been trying to do in vain since at least 2009, despite its investment of billions of dollars: to establish soft power influence in other nations through its cultural exports. Dangal, an Aamir Khan-starring Bollywood drama, portrays its country and culture in a positive light, persuaded millions of overseas (i.e., Chinese) observers to re-consider their negative opinions of India, and increased respect for India's voice in the global political arena.

    Dangal has now exceeded $190 billion in box office revenue in China, and has made such a stir in the PRC that China's President, Xi Jinping, recently felt compelled to publicly compliment Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the film when the two met last month in Kazakhstan.

    Written and directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Aamir Khan Productions together with Walt Disney Pictures and UTV Motion Pictures, Dangal tells the true story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former amateur wrestler who, having been denied the chance to become an international champion, trains his daughters in wrestling to vicariously fulfill his dream. His daughter Geeta goes on to win India's first ever gold medal in wrestling in the Commonwealth Games.The film has appealed to Chinese audiences for several reasons, including its themes of parental love and sacrifice, its focus on the primacy of family relationships, and its message of female empowerment. The story about young women from a rural village achieving preeminence on the international stage, particularly in a male-dominated sport, seems to have especially struck a chord with Chinese moviegoers. By achieving such widespread praise in China for its strong portrayal of Indian values, the film inadvertently subverted the years of hard work the Chinese Communist Party has done to denigrate India's culture and especially its political system. As Hu observed in his "South China Morning Post" article:

    "China’s state media has a long tradition of playing down and disparaging India. Beijing’s propaganda machine often portrays India as a nation of failure with appalling sanitary conditions, horrible public transportation and rampant rape. Beijing tries to link India’s “backwardness” to its democracy, suggesting that democracy leads to chaos while China’s totalitarianism creates prosperity and efficiency.

    "Invoking the image of a poor and dirty India enables Beijing to show, in contrast, how successful China’s socialism with Chinese characteristics is and how well the Chinese people are cared for by the ruling Communist Party.

    "An image of India as a loser is subtly tailored into Beijing’s narrative. But Dangal has raised doubts about the Indian profile and image promoted by China’s party-controlled media. The question millions of Chinese audiences commonly ask is: why can’t the Chinese produce such an epic movie? A celebrated commenter on the Chinese social media site WeChat provided a possible answer. After travelling in India a few years ago, he concluded that India was 20 or 30 years behind China in terms of infrastructure. However, in terms of the invisible areas of fine art and literature, China was lagging India. Many young Chinese readers agreed with him."

    The question the Chinese ask themselves about their inability to create globally popular and influential entertainment comes up every time China falls in love with a well-made foreign picture, like Kung Fu Panda, the Fast and the Furious films, Zootopia and increasingly, Aamir Khan’s Indian offerings such as 3 Idiots, PK, and of course Dangal. China's Government officials have for years failed to see the blatant irony in laboring to make films, television, music and other cultural products that would engage the world while simultaneously crushing, jailing, and suppressing the very artists and storytellers who could create such entertainment, if only they were allowed.
    India has its share of problems and shortcoming, just as any great nation does, but for China's leadership, the point is that India has nearly effortlessly made a meaningful and extremely valuable impression on China's citizenry through its movies, while China, despite billions of targeted investment, has completely failed in its efforts to achieve the global cultural influence it craves.

    Americans would do well to pay heed to the difference. They have recently put in place and so far tolerated a government bent on destroying many of the values it has so carefully nourished for decades, not least the freedoms of speech and expression that China's government won't abide. America's soft power, so essential to the nation's rise and prosperity, may be too fragile to tolerate for long such a brutal and craven onslaught.

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    https://www.forbes.com/sites/robcai...is-a-win-for-indian-democracy/2/#4a9ab28475ba
     

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