Prime Minister Narendra Modi's shock demonetisation move adversely affected the business of theatre owners. Films like Rock On 2, Focre 2, Tum Bin 2, Kahaani 2 and Befikre flopped at the box office. Some single screens have to be shut down and others were on the verge of being down due to the poor performance of Bollywood films. But then came Aamir Khan's Dangal that saved them from being out of business.
Last year witnessed a lull by the Hindi film industry but Aamir's Christmas bonanza proved to be the tide changer in the economics of the industry. The actor was touched reading the emotional letters written to by single screen theatre owners to thank him.
He says, "It has been a very exciting and fulfilling journey. When I look back at my career, all my decisions - on the face of it - have mostly been impractical and risky, with the latest instance being Dangal."
"Also, I have been able to do the kind of work that I believe in. Not all of us are lucky enough to be in the position where you can choose to do what you want. I feel very grateful to be in that position. I am able to do the work that I love".
The letters addressed by single screen theatre owners expressed how the years 2015 and 2016 witnessed a major low by the film business, making it difficult for them to survive.
Dangal which released on December 23, has earned a whopping 376 crore at the Indian box office.