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I don't care for Dangal's box-office numbers, says Aamir Khan

While trade pundits predicted that the film would run up a huge tally, the superstar said he is more keen that the film wins hearts.

Mayur Lookhar

An Aamir Khan film is always a star performer for the film trade. His films do not usually have record openings, but they grow gradually, especially with strong word-of-mouth publicity, and end strongly.

The superstar's latest release Dangal hit the theatres yesterday (23 December), and the positive reviews and strong opening of about Rs29.25 crore, as reported by BoxOfficeIndia.com, has already got the trade to lick its lips in anticipation of a blockbuster.

Incredibly, despite having starred in some of Hindi cinema's biggest blockbusters, Khan says he is least bothered about the business of his films. The actor held yet another special screening of Dangal last evening. When asked to predict the business of Dangal at the box office, he completely overlooked that aspect.

“I don’t think [it will make a Rs40 crore opening] as it’s a non-holiday time," Khan was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India. "I am not thinking of the numbers. I am concerned about the audience’s reaction. I don’t have an interest in numbers. I just want the film to touch the hearts of audiences.”

Echoing the sentiment was wife Kiran Rao, who is also co-producer of the film. “Our biggest victory will be when people like the film," she said. "We have made this film with so much love, we hope we have done justice to the film. People coming and watching the film will be an award for us."

The Dangal actor was pleased that Mahavir Singh Phogat and his champion daughters loved the film, which is based on their lives. "Mahavir Singh Phogatji and both Geetaji and Babitaji loved the film," Khan said. "They had tears in their eyes. It was a big responsibility on us to do justice to their life and story through the film. It feels good that they have loved the film. I am really very happy. I just hope the audience, too, likes the film.”