They are the two stalwart Khans of India and they rule the overseas market too. In a recent report, it has been surmised that movies of Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, 2 and 3 in number respectively, make the Top 5 international Bollywood grossers.
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Of the top five grossers on foreign shores, the top three are ‘PK’, ‘Dhoom: 3′ and ‘3 Idiots’, all featuring Aamir. They are followed by SRK’s ‘Happy New Year’ and ‘Chennai Express’. SRK was always considered to be the undisputed king of overseas as his movies always made more moolah than that of any other Indian actor, but seems now,
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Aamir Khan has taken over the mantle. Aamir’s ‘PK’ had also become the highest grossing movie of all times making more than Rs 600 cr, nationally and internationally. Film expert, Taran Adarsh maintains that the fight is tough between the two Khans.
He opines, “There’s a tough fight between Shah Rukh and Aamir in the overseas territory. Besides star-power, it’s also about the film and its content. As of now, yes Aamir is having a dream run. But SRK is also a huge pull.” However, Komal Nahta holds a different view. “The figures speak for themselves and Aamir’s ranking in the overseas market. I think like the audience in India, even the audience abroad has started looking at Aamir’s movies to be like an ISI mark. They associate his movies with quality and novelty,” says he.
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The money distribution among the movies has been like this:
‘3 Idiots’ – Rs 1,676,295,000
‘Dhoom: 3′ – Rs 1,736,483,550
‘PK’ – Rs 1,633,020,300
‘Chennai Express’ – Rs 1,127,017,310
‘Happy New Year’ – Rs 838,173,575