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Dangal will force a rare event in Hindi cinema tomorrow

Friday 30 December 2016 will see something unusual in an otherwise crowded year: no new Hindi releases.

Keyur Seta

An Aamir Khan film is always expected to bring achhe din to the box office. The same was expected with Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal. And that is exactly what has happened. The film has taken the box office by storm, earning more than Rs170 crore in just six days and very positive word-of-mouth publicity. 

But the film has also given rise to an event which is rare in the film scenario today.

Approximately 1,000 films are made in India every year. Of these, about 300 are made in Hindi. With only 52 Fridays in a year, it comes to an average of more than five films a week. In other words, it is imperative for five films to be released every Friday.

This is what usually happens. Every week there are two or more films lined up for release, with the big films making the smaller ones go unnoticed. In fact, there have been Fridays when more than six films have hit the theatres this year.

However, Dangal has made the near-impossible happen. There is not a single Hindi film releasing tomorrow (30 December 2016). Can you remember the last time something like this happened? 

Actually, the last Friday of 2015 saw a similar instance. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani and Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale clashed on 18 December 2015. The following week saw no new Hindi film being released. 

Apart from these two films, what had frightened off producers on 25 December 2015 was the arrival of the Hollywood biggie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

This time, however, it is Dangal alone that has kept all Hindi comers at bay.