The year 2015 is concluding in few days and here is a roundup of main Bollywood films released in Pakistan this year. Bollywood films are extremely popular in Pakistan and are in fact the backbone for the cinema industry of Pakistan. Bollywood films pulled back the upper middle class audience back to the cinema halls, which otherwise quit watching films in cinema houses in 1980’s. Seeing the overwhelming response to Bollywood films, many new multiplexes are built in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan and other cities.
On the political end though it has been a tense year with India, where both countries exchanged shelling on the line of control as well as working boundary. Many Pakistani artists were also attacked in India, while release of few Pakistani films was banned in few states of India. Few circles in Pakistan demanded a ban on the screening of Bollywood movies, but despite this tense situation the Bollywood crazy Pakistani cine-goers kicked out this theory of inter-mingling politics with entertainment. The marvelous and splendid success of Bollywood movies on Pakistani box office proved how much big-hearted the Pakistani cine-goers are.
In past five years Bollywood films have conquered many box office records in Pakistan and this year they continued their steep progress graph. The leading distributor of Bollywood films in Pakistan is IMGC Global(Geo Films) howoever 2015 saw a new entrant Everready Pictures & Hum Films which bought the distribution rights of Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Dilwale two of the most successful films of 2015.
Almost 50 Bollywood films were released in 2015, and here are the leading Bollywood films which made headlines for their business in Pakistan. The figures of business are taken from the website www.boxofficedetail.com
It was released in December 2014, but proved so much successful that its screened continued till February 2015. Past trends shows that the Bollywood films released in the month of December earn big and PK continued the same trend. The film earned 24 crore on Pakistani box office and made its way to the top five highest earning films in Pakistan, just behind another Bollywood film Dhoom3 which earned 25 crore in 2013-14. PK was distributed by IMGC Global.
Badlapur is released on 20th February 2015. The film earned 4.55 crore rupees on Pakistani box office and became the first hit bollywood film of 2015. Badlapur was distributed by IMGC Global.
Gabbar Is Back
Gabbar Is Back is released 1 May 2015 and it earned 3.75. It was distributed by IMGC Global.
Tannu Weds Mannu Returns
Released on 22 May 2015, this film earned 5.5. crore. It was distributed by IMGC Global
Hamari Adhuri Kahani
Released on 12 June 2015, this film earned 3.55 crore. It was distributed by IMGC Global
Dil Dhadakne Do
Released on 5 June 2015, this film earned 7 crore. It was distributed by Summit Entertainment.
Released on 19th July 2015, Bajrangi Bhaijan is the most successful Bollywood film of 2015 in Pakistan. The film recieved massive response despite facing competition from two Urdu films Wrong No. and Bin Roye. It outshined all the others film released on Eidul Fitr and due to its high demand many shows alloted to other films were cancelled. The film earned a huge amount of 23.2 crore. It was distributed by Everready Productions.
Released on 14th August 2015 on the independance day of Pakistan, Brothers was competing with three Urdu films Moor, Dekh Magar Pyar Se and Shah. Brothers proved the clear choice of cine-goers on the Pakistani independance day. While all the three Urdu films struggled for viewership, Brothers earned a handsome amount of 6.45 crore. It was distributed by IMGC Global.
The march of Brothers was halted by Welcome Back released on 4 September 2015. The devoted Bollywood fans Welcomed this movie with open heart and it earned 9.55 crores. It was distributed by IMGC Global.
Singh Is Bling
Released on 2 October 2015, this film earned 5.05 crore. It was distributed by IMGC Global.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Released on 12 November 2015, this film earned nearly 9 crore in Pakistan. It was distributed by IMGC Global.
Tamasha was released on 27 November 2015 and earned in the range of 6 – 7 crore. It was distributed by IMGC Global. Tamsha also starred Pakistani artist Javed Sheikh in a supporting role.
Released on 18th December, Dilwale is still running jam packed in all the cinemas of Pakistan. The film has earned around 20 crore so far is the highest earning film of Shahrukh Khan in Pakistan. The film is expected to takeover the record of Bajrangi Bhaijan as the highest earning Bollywood film in 2015 in Pakistan. Dilwale was distributed by Everready Productions.
Released on 18th December, Bajirao Mastani also earned nearly 7 crore. The film faced a tough time in the Federal Censor board but was eventually cleared. Bajirao Mastani was distributed by IMGC Global.
Rashid Nazir Ali