Akshay Kumar’s ‘Gold’ becomes first Bollywood film to release in Saudi Arabia

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The Reema Kagti directorial ‘Gold’ creates history as it becomes the first Bollywood film to release in Saudi Arabia. The sports film is only the third movie after Marvel’s Black Panther (first film) and Rajinikanth’s hit social drama Kaala (first Indian film) hit the theaters in the Gulf country.

Akshay recently took to Twitter to share the news. “The story of India’s first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, #Gold is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, in cinemas from today! @excelmovies @ZeeStudiosInt,” he wrote.

In May, Saudi Arabia held a private screening of international cultural phenomenon, Black Panther, to herald the launch of movie theatres, open to the public, in the kingdom.

Gold: The Dream That United Our Nation is a historical sports-drama film based upon the national hockey team’s title at the 1948 Summer Olympics, directed by Reema Kagti and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the Excel Entertainment banner. It stars Mouni Roy, Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Kumar Singh, Amit Sadh, and Sunny Kaushal. This film marks Akshay’s eighth consecutive success. Prior to it, the actor had delivered hits such as Pad Man (Rs 78.22 crore), Toilet Ek Prem Katha, Jolly LLB 2 (Rs 117 crore), Rustom (Rs 127.49 crore), Housefull 3 (Rs 109.14 crore), Airlift (Rs 128.1 crore) and Singh Is Bliing (Rs 89.95 crore).

As of 4 September, it is the 6th highest-grossing Indian film of 2018.

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