Bangladesh celebrates as ‘Pathaan’ starring Shah Rukh Khan releases in theatres
Shah Rukh Khan’s film ‘Pathaan’ has brought Bollywood back to Bangladeshi cinemas for the first time in over 50 years. The action-packed spy thriller broke box office records in India when it was released in January, and fans in Bangladesh have been eagerly waiting for its arrival. Despite being banned in Dhaka since the country gained independence in 1971, the government recently lifted the ban and allowed the import of 10 movies a year from India or South Asian nations.
Local films in Bangladesh have struggled to compete with the glamour and popularity of Bollywood, leading to a decline in the number of cinemas over the years. Many have shut their doors, with some even resorting to showing illegal pornography to stay afloat. However, the release of ‘Pathaan’ has reignited the hopes of cinema owners who are anticipating a turnaround in business.
The release of Bollywood movies in Pakistan previously led to an increase in the number of cinemas and the standard of local films. Many in Bangladesh hope for a similar outcome. However, some local filmmakers fear the competition and potential demise of the local industry. Despite concerns, it is clear that there is a demand for Bollywood films among audiences in Bangladesh, with many eager to watch Shah Rukh Khan on the big screen.