Even as protests against the film continued, the producers of the Aamir Khan-starrer PK said on Friday that the film has broken Dhoom 3 record to become the biggest earner in Bollywood by collecting Rs. 278.52 crore since its release on December 19.
PK has faced criticism from right-wing organisations which said the Rajkumar Hirani-directed film disrespects Hindu religion, an allegation rejected by its makers.
Hirani, 52, said the film’s word-of-mouth performance has been overwhelming.
“I had never in my wildest dreams thought this film will cross these numbers. It reinforces faith that content is king. We can continue making films we believe in… People are watching the film over and over again. It’s humbling,” the director said in a statement.
It is the second film by both Aamir and Hirani after 3 Idiots (Rs. 202 crore) to be a part of the highest-earning club.
The Aamir-starrer Dhoom 3 is the second biggest earner with Rs. 271.82 crore followed by the Salman Khan-starrer Kick (Rs. 244 crore) and Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express (Rs. 228 crore).