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29 February 2024

Amir Khan is Bollywood king: 'PK' hits Rs300 crore mark



Bollywood movie 'PK', is now the highest grossing Bollywood domestic film of all time.

Starring Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, the December 19 release has collected $45.1 million in India(289 crore), edging past Christmas 2013 release 'Dhoom 3,' also starring Khan, which had total Indian earnings of $44.9 million.

The UTV Disney-backed picture is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Globally, 'PK' has earned some $60.5 million (383 crore) so far, including the India box office and $7.8 million in the US.

'PK' is the first Indian movie to hit the 300 crore mark.

The all-time top global earner from India remains 'Dhoom 3' with $85 million.

'PK's fearless lampooning of religious practices has led to violence in the country .

Right wing groups have vandalised several cinemas running the film and filed court petitions demanding a ban on exhibition.

India's Supreme Court dismissed these on the grounds that the Central Board of Film Certification had already cleared the film for exhibition. 

Meanwhile, the state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have waived entertainment tax on the film, thereby making tickets cheaper. States usually waive the either for award winning films or for those providing wholesome entertainment, like 'PK.'

It is a discretionary call intended to enable more people to watch the film at a lower price.