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Bollywood superstar Aamir Khans sports drama Dangal has minted Rs 197.53 Crores at the box office in its opening weekend surpassing what Salman Khan-starrer Sultan, 2016's highest grosser, collected in its first week.
Sultan, which reportedly registered a Rs 300 Crores collection in India, had made Rs 180.36 Crores.Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh said that Dangal has stood out as a "winner".
"Dangal emerges a winner. Collects a whopping Rs 197.53 crores nett in week one. Expected to sprint towards Rs 250 crores by weekend two," Adarsh posted on Twitter. He added, "Dangal reign to remain unopposed, unchallenged for another week. Question is, when will it hit Rs 300 crores mark? Will it challenge Sultan?" Meanwhile, read what the celebrities tweeted about Dangal.
Arjun Kapoor @arjunk26
What a film #dangal is !!! Such an important event for the women & sports in our country @aamir_khan inspires us again, spellbound & in awe.
Beautifully emotional, realistic & oh so suspenseful, a feat rarely achieved by a sports film of human spirit! Epic! #Dangal
Anupama Chopra @anupamachopra
#Dangal is a rousing spectacle w beautifully wrought emotions. It's moving & empowering! Walked out feeling I can also wrestle w anything!
Javed Akhtar @Javedakhtarjadu
@aamir_ Dangal is by any standard the best film our film industry has made in the last decade and a half . Hats off to the cast n crew.
Shirish Kunder @ShirishKunder
#Dangal is the best film I've watched in a long time. And in all probability, will remain so for a very long time. Salute, @aamir_khan Sir!
Dangal, which released on December 23, collected Rs 20.29 Crores on Thursday and is now expected to cross the Rs 200 Crores mark on Friday, read a statement issued on behalf of Disney India, which has backed the Nitesh Tiwari directorial.
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The movie has tugged at the heartstrings of the audiences for its powerful portrayal of the tale of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former national champion who, much to the disapproval of his wife and his whole village, trained his daughters Geeta and Babita to wrestle. With inputs from IANS.