Mumbai: Gold, a Bollywood movie about India’s first gold medal victory, is the first Bollywood film to hit newly opened commercial cinema houses in Saudi Arabia, the lead actor of the film Akshay Kumar revealed on his Twitter account on Sunday.
The movie, which is based on the 1948 London Olympics, tells the story of India’s iconic win at the games. It was released on August 15 and stars Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor and Vineet Kumar Singh besides Akshay Kumar.
"The story of India’s first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, #Gold is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, in cinemas from today!", Akshay wrote on Twitter Sunday.
The Reema Kagti directorial recently crossed the Rs 100 crore mark. The sports drama of Akshay broke many records and became the 8th Bollywood film of 2018 to enter the Rs 100 crore mark beating the lifetime collection of Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bahskar and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Veere Di Wedding.
The Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information had in April this year signed an agreement with AMC to open around 40 cinemas in 15 Saudi cities over the next five years. The license allowed one of the world’s largest film companies, to operate cinemas in the Kingdom.
Marvel’s superhero sci-fi adventure drama ‘Black Panther’ was the first film to hit the Riyadh theatres when cinemas opened on April 18, 2018.
Saudi Arabia, with a population of 32 million, mostly under the age of 30, is expected to be the region’s largest market for movie theaters.
Last December, the Ministry of Culture and Information announced that commercial cinemas would be allowed to operate in the Kingdom starting from 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years. Some 350 cinemas with more than 2,500 screens will be opened by 2030.
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