Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan is the first Hindi film to be released in Bangladesh since the country gained independence in 1971. 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 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.
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 1000 crore globally. The film also starred Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana.