MY NAME IS KHAN, starring Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol Devgan and released by Twentieth Century Fox, has become the biggest ever Bollywood film at the UK box office, grossing over £2.5m. The film surpasses the previous record set by Kabhi Khushie Kabhie Gham in 2001, which also starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol and was also directed by Karan Johar. Fox International Productions (FIP) and Fox Star Studios produced MY NAME IS KHAN in association with Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment, and Imagenation.
Director Karan Johar said:
I am thrilled that with My Name is Khan we have raised the bar for box office performance in UK by going past the previous record which also happens to be my film. The Fox team believed in the film and got behind it which helped us set new benchmarks for Bollywood in the UK.
Director of Sales at Twentieth Century Fox, Andrew Turner, said:
We always thought we had a chance of becoming the biggest opening Bollywood Film ever, but to also become the No. 1 UK Bollywood Film of all time, is a tremendous achievement and proud moment for everyone involved. We have been most fortunate to have had full support and access from all of the talent and that our film has been so well received from the UK fans and general audiences. This success will hopefully encourage a wider audience to embrace this extraordinary and powerful film either at the cinema, where it is still enjoying an incredible 5th week on release or when it releases on Home Entertainment later on in the year. For those that have never experienced Bollywood before, this is the perfect film to start your journey.
MY NAME IS KHAN reunites Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol on screen for the first time since 2001’s KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM directed by Karan Johar, and is a love story about a Muslim man from India, living with Asperger’s Syndrome, whose idyllic life in California with a Hindu single mother is torn apart in the shadow of 9/11.