Pathaan enters hallowed 500-crore club in India with its Hindi version

Pathaan, featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, has entered the 500 crore club in India and grossed over Rs. 1000 crore worldwide. Photo: YRF

Yash Raj Films’ Pathaan, directed by Siddharth Anand, is a historic all-time blockbuster and is already the highest-grossing Hindi film worldwide with all-language collections at Rs. 1003 crore gross. It has also recorded an incredible feat by becoming the first film to enter the hallowed Rs. 500 crore (net) club in India with its Hindi version!

Earlier, in 2017, Bahubali 2—The Conclusion touched a record Rs. 510.99 crore net (after removing the moneys that go to the government for Entertainment Tax) in its Hindi version, though the originally-Telugu film in all its other versions (Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam) made Rs. 1810 crore!

Akshaye Widhani, the CEO of Yash Raj Films, commented on this unprecedented feat by saying, “As a studio, we are humbled with the response that Pathaan has got globally. At Yash Raj Films, we are constantly trying to push the envelope of filmmaking and storytelling, thereby aiming to give audiences a whole new experience whenever they come to the theatres to watch a YRF film.”

He says, “I’m thrilled that we have managed to tick all the boxes with Pathaan and have contributed to the Hindi and Indian film industry at the start of this year by delivering a 1000-plus crore gross worldwide and a 500-crore net Hindi film in India for audiences to love. As a studio, we aspire to make the best films and hopefully leave audiences with a memory they would cherish for a lifetime. I’m glad Pathaan has become that film for people.”

Pathaan is a part of Aditya Chopra’s ambitious YRF Spy Universe and has also become the highest-grossing film in the franchise. In fact, all the films in the YRF Spy Universe—Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai, War and now Pathaan, have been blockbusters!

Akshaye adds, “With a result like this, the YRF Spy Universe has only gotten stronger and we feel great responsibility to make this universe even better and extremely varied with each film that comes out of this fabled franchise that has delivered four back-to-back blockbusters. We want to give audiences different, engaging stories that widen the YRF Spy Universe in the years to come.”

Pathaan is on an incredible run at the domestic and overseas box-office. On its fourth Tuesday, it was rock-steady at the box-office and collected Rs. 1.14 crore net in India (Hindi – Rs. 1.10 crore, all dubbed versions – Rs. 0.04 crore).

Pathaan has now recorded $ 46.06 million in the overseas territories alone, while net collection in India stand at Rs. 518.06 crore (Hindi—Rs. 500.05 crore, dubbed—Rs. 18.01 crore). The total worldwide gross includes India of Rs. 625 crore and overseas of Rs. 378 crore.

Prabhas and Tamannaah Bhatia in Bahubali 2—The Conclusion, the only other film in the 500 crore club. Photo: Publicity Photo

The other record-holders:

Bahubali 2—The Conclusion is mentioned above

Dangal at Rs. 387.36 crore (Hindi) and all versions worldwide including in Taiwan and China: Rs. 1900 crore

KGF 2 at Rs. 434.70 crore (Hindi) and all versions worldwide between Rs. 1200-1250 crore

RRR at Rs. 274.31 crore (Hindi) and all versions worldwide at Rs. 1111.10 crore

The 300 crore club in India:

PK (2014): Rs. 340.8 crore

Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015): Rs. 320.34 crore

Sultan (2016): Rs. 300.45 crore

Tiger Zinda Hai (2017): Rs. 339.16 crore

Padmaavat (2018): Rs 302.15 crore

War (2019): Rs 317.91 crore

Near-miss: Tanhaji—The Unsung Warrior (2019) because of lockdown: Rs. 279.55 crore

The other all-timers in different eras:

Inflation-adjusted, most of the following films will compete with the record-holders above.

Kismat (1943), Rattan (1944), Mother India (1957), Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Sholay (1975), Jai Santoshi Maa (1975), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Hum Aapke Hain Koun!… (1994),  Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and Gadar—Ek Prem Katha (2001).




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