Kathmandu, Dec 26 (IANS) Bollywood star Aamir Khan-starrer action thriller Dhoom 3, which is expected to mint Rs. 300 crore (about $48 million), is going so strong at the box office in Nepal that the local filmmakers have had to delay the release of their own films for the next three weeks fearing tough competition.
"We do not have Nepali movies to release now and for another two
weeks, though five to six Nepali movies were ready to come out.
Many producers are not keen to release their films due to the
overwhelming response to Dhoom 3," Rajkumar Rai, chairman of Nepal
Film Producers Association said. Roshan Adiga, CEO of QFX Cinemas,
said: "No Nepali film is in the pipeline for release."
Made on a budget of approximately Rs.100 crore and produced
under the Yash Raj Films' banner, the Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif,
Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra-starrer hit as many as 4,000
screens across the globe.
In comparison to the over $2 billion Indian film industry, the
filmdom in Nepal is very small and the maximum budget of a film
doesn't exceed NRs.3 million (approximately $30,000) to NRs.4
Dhoom 3, which had a global release Dec 20, hit the
screens here simultaneously. The sleek thrilling saga, directed by
Vijay Krishan Acharya, is successfully running in approximately 120
multiplexes and theatres, and it is expected to pull crowds for
another three weeks.
"I must admit that the big budget Indian movies have a severe
impact on our industry and 'Dhoom:3' has repeated the history," Rai
said. Gopi Krishna Movies brought Dhoom 3" in Nepal after
paying a whopping NRs.32 million. Nepali audiences are directly
influenced by Indian TV and Aamir's stardom helped the film get a
grand opening here.
It is not only Dhoom 3, which is impacting the Nepal
film industry. Other Bollywood big-ticket films too have cast a
shadow over local productions.
Earlier this year, when Chennai Express hit the screens
in multiplexes, several filmmakers decided to delay the release of
their movies. Moreover, multiplex owners give priority to Hindi
movies over domestic ones because business matters to them.
Certainly, there is fear-psyche among the producers and
distributors when big budget Hindi movies starring superstars hit
the multiplexes, said distributor Sunil Manandhar.
Though Nepali cinema is struggling, several big budget Indian
films do excellent business and collect record breaking revenues at
the box office. Industry insiders rue that the country lacks policy
to protect the local film industry.