Movie Masala

Countries where Bollywood is famous besides India

Written by Asif Ullah Khan

Pakistan is the biggest market in terms of footfalls for Bollywood movies.
Other than Pakistan,Bollywood movies are watched in Bangladesh,Nepal,Myanmar mostly through pirated DVDs.

Outside the subcontinent, UAE and few other gulf countries are a big market.
Most medium to big films release here in theaters.

Apart from Gulf, USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are the places where Bollywood movies find theatrical releases.
Some big movies also release in Malaysia. For ex:Films of superstars like SRK, Akshay, Salman, Aamir, Hrithik these find a theatrical release in Malaysia.

China is the new territory which can be explored further.3 Idiots was a huge success here and made Aamir Khan the only recognizable Indian actor there.Hence,PK became a huge success there. SRK’s Happy New Year was also released there but it couldn’t find audience for it. It was a disaster there.Also China has restrictions over the number of foreign films releasing in their country.They only allow 36 films of foreign origin a year,out of which 25 Hollywood films releases.

Hong Kong and Japan are few other territories where Bollywood films have released.SRK’s Om Shanti Om and Rab Ne Bana Di jodi, Aamir’s Dhoom 3 and 3 idiots, Sridevi’s English vinglish found a release in Japan. Aamir’s PK is currently playing in Hong Kong theaters and doing well.

Apart from these,there are some circuits which weren’t thought of being explored say about a 8 yrs ago.These countries include Turkey(Aamir has great following in this country),Romania,Germany.

Here are some of the Bollywood movie posters when they released in foreign theaters.

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