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L.K. Advani endorses 'courageous' film PK

New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani has hailed Aamir Khan-starrer “PK” as a “wonderful and courageous film”.

A movie buff, Advani recently watched the Rajkumar Hirani directorial. He took a liking to the film and feels that a majority of people should watch it.

“Hearty greetings to Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra for a wonderful and courageous film that they have produced in the shape of ‘PK’,” Advani said in a statement.

“We are fortunate to have been born in a vast and variegated country like India. This however casts on all patriots a duty to ensure that nothing weakens the unity of the country — neither caste nor community nor language nor region, and certainly not religion,” he added.

Featuring Aamir as an alien, the film takes a hard hitting swipe on organised religion, god and godmen.

Advani believes that religiosity is for “our nation an inexhaustible source of spiritualism, and so of ethical conduct. Those who run down religion, any religion, are doing a great disservice to the country and to its unity”.

“It is this cardinal lesson that emerges clearly out of this recently released film ‘PK’ which has excellent performances by the protagonists Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma and Boman Irani,” he added.

‘PK’ zooms past ‘Dhoom: 3’ earnings in one week

Meanwhile, Christmas has proved to be a lucky time for Aamir Khan. Last year, he struck gold at the box office with “Dhoom: 3”, and this time “PK” has zoomed past the action adventure’s first week collections.

While “Dhoom 3” earned Rs.179 crore in one week in India, “PK” collected Rs.182.58 crore in the first week. The film’s international gross box office collection is $13.36 million (Rs.85 crore), read a statement.

Trade experts have conjectured the film may even cross Rs.300 crore ultimately.

Rajesh Thadani from Multimedia Combines told IANS: “‘PK’ has done extremely well. In fact, it’s the highest grosser in one week. Yesterday (Thursday) due to Christmas, the collection was outstanding. The film will certainly cross Rs.300 crore easily.”

On Christmas day itself, the Rajkumar Hirani directorial collected Rs.27.55 crore in India.

“The film is going steady at the box office and the film has not dropped even on weekdays,” Thadani added.

Also featuring Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt and Sushant Singh Rajput, the movie is doing “outstanding business”.

Sunil Bansal, a distributor from Rajasthan, told IANS: “The film is doing extremely well in Rajasthan. The shows have been going houseful and this film is the highest grosser of the year in a week. It’s doing an outstanding business. It should cross Rs.300 crore.”

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