Akshay Kumar – Katrina Kaif starrer Sooryavanshi has emerged as the highest grossing Indian film at the UK box office in 2021. Released by Reliance Entertainment, the film raked in a total of £584,469 over six weeks since its release on 5.11.2021.
The 145m long feature film was classified by the British Board of Film Classification with a 12A rating and is currently available to stream on Netflix UK. The film is produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, and director Rohit Shetty.
Ranveer Singh starrer 83 (Reliance Entertainment), still runnning in cinemas, took the second place with £526,321 (all versions) and Disney’s Tadap with a total gross of £163,732 took the ninth spot.
Shibasish Sarkar, former CEO of Reliance Entertainment, who oversaw the releases of both Sooryavanshi and 83, exclusively told BollyNewsUK: “UK is an extremely important market for Indian films, especially Hindi films. Between November and December we released two important films Sooryavanshi & then 83. Sooryavanshi ended up with a box office of £584k. 83 is still running in the theatres. We are extremely proud to be associated with Sooryavanshi and the love and affection which it received from not only Indian audiences but also from mainstream audiences at large.”
The list of top ten Indian films at the UK box office is compiled by Comscore and considers all box office gross earned between 1.01.2021 – 6.01.2022. With the limited release of Hindi films in 2021 owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, the list also features prominent Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam films, and is dominated by Punjabi releases.
Big budget Hindi films such as Radhe (Zee Studios), Antim (Zee Studios), Bunty aur Babli 2 (Yash Raj Films), Bellbottom (Pooja Entertainment), and Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (T-Series) failed to make the list, even though they made an impact at the domestic box office in India.
Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1, the Telugu Allu Arjun starrer, came up at number ten with £161,351.
Here is the full list, provided by Comscore:
|TITLE||RELEASE DATE||DISTRIBUTOR||LANGUAGE||OPENING WEEKEND*||TOTAL|
|83||24.12.2021||Reliance Entertainment||Hindi, Telugu, Tamil||£179,587||£526,321|
|Honsla Rakh||15.12.2021||White Hill Productions||Punjabi||£126,009||£468,153|
|Chal Mera Putt 3||1.10.2021||RBE / Fountain Films||Punjabi||£192,957||£398,574|
|Qismat 2||24.09.2021||Zee Studios Intl.||Punjabi||£140,851||£332,385|
|Puaada||13.08.2021||Zee Studios Intl.||Punjabi||£83,240||£217,153|
|Tadap||3.12.2021||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures UK||Hindi||£29,709||£163,732|
|Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1||17.12.2021||SUN Media||Telugu||£121,892||£161,351|