Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Pathan marks the return of Hindi cinema to Bangladesh cinema halls with a massive bang. It is the first major Bollywood film to be released in the country since its independence in 1971. Furthermore, the 2-day advance tickets for the actioner were already sold out even before its release on Friday. Now, a video that has emerged from a theater in Bangladesh shows how Pathan continues his winning streak in a foreign land. The footage shows a girl grooving along to Jhoom Joe Pathan while the energetic track plays on the big screen.
In the background, a theater packed with audience can be heard in massive hooting and cheers as Salman Khan makes his special cameo in the film. If the video is anything to go by, looks like Pathan has impressed the Bangladeshi audience immensely. The caption of the video reads, “Pathan’s party continues in Bangladesh and even small children who can’t stop themselves from dancing on Pathan.” Have a glimpse of it here:
According to a report in India Today, importer and distributor Ananya Mamoon confirmed all the permissions. The film has reportedly been released in 41 cinema halls in the country. In all, around 198 shows of the actor will be screened every day across the country. Pathan’s production house, Yash Raj Films has also revealed a detailed list of all the theater names that will stream the film. Check it out below:
For those unaware, Bollywood films have been banned from release in Bangladesh since its independence in 1972. However, in 2010 the country lifted the ban and screened Hindi films including 3 Idiots and My Name is Khan to boost cinema sales, according to ETimes. The decision sparked massive protests from local artists after which Prohibition was re-imposed. In 2015, a momentary exemption was granted for the release of Salman Khan’s Wanted. Now, it is Pathan who has got permission for the screening.
Directed by Siddharth Anand, Pathan also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in pivotal roles. The plot follows the adventures of a captured spy named Pathan, who rises to a fierce battle against a notorious gang of mercenaries, who are planning to attack India.