After conquering hearts in India and overseas, the movie ‘Baahubali 2‘ is now winning hearts in Pakistan. Considering the strained relations between India and Pakistan, this comes as a great news. The movie has minted Rs 4.5 crore in Pakistan and has been getting all the love from the audiences.
Kishore Kedari, Business Development Head, Arka Media Works, stated that the movie has released in around 100 screens in Pakistani last week. He spoke to a leading daily, “The feedback we have received from there indicates that the audiences have absolutely loved the film. It is a huge success in all the major cities in Pakistan. The response to the film across the border has proved that story-telling can cut across all barriers and rule over the box-office.”
Amjad Rasheed, veteran Pakistan distributor who released the movie in Pakistan said, “The film has got a huge response in Pakistan especially the single screens, this despite the fact that it purports mythology and Hindu tradition to a certain extent. I guess it is the daredevil action and the thrill in the movie, as much as the mind-blowing special effects that have appealed to the Pakistan audiences.” (Also Read: Woah! ‘Baahubali 2’ is the first movie to gross Rs 900 crore in India and Rs 64 crore in UAE)
He further added, “There were initial problems in the film’s release due to speculation. There were also apprehensions whether it would get the clearance from the Pakistan Censor Board. own to be extra scrupulous about the clearance of all films released in Pakistan, There are some very basic parameters one of them being that a film should not have no pointers towards religion or have anti-Pakistani references. The PCB did not order a single cut in the film since it did not find anything objectionable about it. Likewise the exhibitors were also unanimous in their opinion that the film has nothing controversial in it.”
President of the Indian Film Exporters Association, Hirachand Dand also said, “It is a big achievement. It has cut across all barriers and established its position at the Pakistan box-office. There have been so many successful dubbed Hindi films in the past but most of them were never released in Pakistan. ‘Baahubali 2’ is the first dubbed Hindi film to do this kind of business in the neighbouring country. This will pave the way for the release of more dubbed films that are released on a grand scale.”
Such an amazing thing for the movie to break barriers!