Director Sriram Raghavan’s black comedy thriller Andhadhun has crossed the $40 million mark in China, making $40.43 million (Rs. 280.70 crore) at last count. The film has beaten satirical comedy Hindi Medium ($32 million) to become the fourth highest Indian film grosser in the neighbouring country after Dangal, Secret Superstar and Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
This is the first China release for director Raghavan and lead actor Ayushmann Khurrana. The film co-starring Tabu and Radhika Apte had made Rs. 73.37 crore on its release in India last October. The film seems to have busted the myth that only Indian films with social messages strike a chord with Chinese audiences, as was presumed with the women empowerment themes of Dangal and Secret Superstar.
To be sure, Andhadhun also seems to have broken the jinx that Bollywood was reeling under in China of late. In the past few months, Indian films haven’t really had the best run in the country though the market had emerged as a goldmine in the past few years. Yash Raj Films’ action adventure Thugs of Hindostan only managed $ 4.71 million ( Rs. 32.93 crore) over its opening weekend while Akshay Kumar’s biographical drama Padman registered an unimpressive total of $3.55 million (Rs. 25.54 crore). Comedy drama 102 Not Out made $3.56 million ( Rs. 25.06 crore) in the neighbouring country while India’s blockbuster war epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion too had only managed about $11.9 million ( Rs. 80 crore).