Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu, and Radhika Apte starrer AndhaDhun was made as an experimental film, about which no one knew before the release. There were hardly any promotions done but once it hit the theatres, it made sure to roar, big. Sriram Raghavan, the director of the movie has woven magic in this movie with his superb direction and brilliant storytelling. On top that, the cast only made it better with their extraordinary performances, as you would expect from each of the stars.
In India, the film came out to be a surprise pack which interested each and every individual who saw. But it would go on to achieve as big a feat as a 200 crore collection in China is something to be super proud of. The movie released in China on April 3 under the title Piano Man and within the first 13 days of its release, it has crossed Rs. 200 crores earnings. The news of the same was shared by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Analyst and movie critic, who took to his Twitter to announce. He tweeted:
#AndhaDhun crosses $ 30 million / ₹ 200 cr in #China… Biz on [second] Sat and Sun is *higher* than [first] Sat and Sun… [Week 2] Fri $ 2.03 mn, Sat $ 4.45 mn, Sun $ 3.78 mn. Total: $ 30.06 mn [₹ 208.17 cr]… Power of solid content!
The black comedy made its way successfully to the top 10 highest non-Hollywood, non-Chinese grossing movies of all-time and is known to have become the 5th highest grossing Indian film in China only after Dangal, Secret Superstar, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and Hindi Medium.
Sriram Raghavan was quoted as saying,
“We had no idea that our little ‘experimental film’ would travel so much. Experimental doesn’t mean no fun. The film, I learn, is screening in both subtitled and dubbed versions in different screens. My whole team is super thrilled,”
Apart from being critically acclaimed, the movie also earned more than 100 crores back at home in India in October 2018. Now, after performing extremely well at the box office in China as well, the Piano Man, Ayushmann, expressing his excitement, said,
“As an artiste, it’s always extremely satisfying to see a film not only receiving appreciation from audiences but also delivering big at the box office. I’m thrilled with the fabulous response that AndhaDhun has received first in India and now in China. Doing Rs 200 crore in the neighbouring nation bolsters my belief that universal stories will always have a bigger reach.”
“Sriram Raghavan has given the world a thriller that is keeping everyone on the edge of their seats and where language is not a barrier. Thus, AndhaDhun has passed the true test for cinema, given its universal appeal.”
The movie definitely has a universal appeal, owing to its thrilling and a supremely unique story. Ayushmann plays a visually impaired man, Radhika plays his love interest and Tabu plays the antagonist in the film. It was jointly bankrolled by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, and Matchbox Pictures.