Shah Rukh Khan compensates distributors for ‘Dilwale’ loss


Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer ‘Dilwale’ was one of the most highly anticipated films of 2015. Although the film performed well overseas becoming the highest grosser for any Shah Rukh Khan movie, the domestic collections were far below expectations and the distributors suffered heavy losses.

But, Shah Rukh has taken a generous step and come to the aid. The actor has refunded half of the amount of the losses faced by the distributors due to the film’s performance. Bollywood trade analyst Komal Nahata wrote about it on his Twitter handle.

He tweeted, “@iamsrk does what few wud do. Refunds 50% of the loss of distributors of his Dilwale. That’s what u call a considerate producer!”

Before the Rohit Shetty directorial released on December 18, ‘Dilwale’ has high on buzz, especially because of the on-screen pairing of Shah Rukh and Kajol after a long gap. The film got sold at a premium price.

However, due to the controversies surrounding Shah Rukh’s comments on “extreme intolerance” in the country, the film did not get a proper release at many places. Right wing organisations protested against the screening of the movie and burnt effigies of the actor and the posters of the film. Besides, the film was also criticised for being too naive. As a result, the overall domestic collection of the film took a beating. The lifetime domestic collection of ‘Dilwale’ is Rs 148 crores.   

Shah Rukh and Kajol were disappointed with the performance of their come-back film as on-screen couple. The ‘Happy New Year’ actor had confessed to reporters, “I don’t think the film has done as well as it should have. I am personally disappointed with that.”

He added, “To be honest, it has perhaps not done as well in India as I would like it to do. But overseas it has done very well in a lot of countries like Germany, Austria. It is quite thrilling that Indian films are reaching far and wide. There is a lot of business opportunities.”

Earlier, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone returned a huge sum to ‘Tamasha’ producers after the film failed to get the expected amount at the box-office. Abhishek Bachchan also returned the fee of his 2012 film ‘Players’ to Abbas Mustan after the movie’s debacle. Aamir Khan had returned Rs 2 crore to Yash Raj Films when ‘Fanaa’ was banned in Gujarat due to Aamir’s support to the Narmada Bachao Andolan.