Zee Studios ends Q4 on a high with Rs 375 cr worldwide box office collection
MUMBAI: Film studio has ended the Q4 FY19 on a high with a worldwide box office collection of over Rs 375 crore. During the quarter, the studio released ‘Manikarnika -The Queen of Jhansi’ followed by ‘Kala Shah Kala’ (Punjabi), ‘Anandi Gopal’ (Marathi), ‘Kesari’ and most recently, ‘Lucifer’ (Malayalam).
The year started with ‘Manikarnika -The Queen of Jhansi’, which released on 25th January, 2019 in over 3000 screens in India and over 700 screens worldwide in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. It recorded the highest opening weekend by any female-led film in the history of Indian cinema, grossing over Rs. 150 crore worldwide.
Zee Studios further strengthened its market leadership in Marathi with ‘Anandi Gopal’ that became the highest Marathi grosser of 2019 so far. A Zee Studios production, this biography is based on the life of Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi, who was the first lady doctor from India, and was released across 385 screens worldwide in February. Also released in the same month was the Punjabi romantic comedy, ‘Kala Shah Kala’, across 450 screens worldwide.
One of the widest releases of a Punjabi film in overseas markets, ‘Kala Shah Kala’ went on to became Punjabi star Binnu Dhillon’s highest grosser overseas. Most recently, the studio released Mohanlal’s ‘Lucifer’ in US and Canada that rounded up colossal box office numbers overseas, becoming the all-time blockbuster film in Malayalam cinema.
After ‘Rustom’ in 2016, the studio had its second blockbuster with super star Akshay Kumar in ‘Kesari’ which has collected in excess of Rs 200 crores worldwide. ‘Kesari’ has also gone on to become Akshay Kumar’s highest grossing Hindi film till date.
Commenting on the quarter, Zee Studios CEO Shariq Patel said, “We have had a great run at the box office in the last quarter of 2018-19, with multiple successful releases across languages and markets. Our focus has been to create, back high-quality content, market and distribute it strategically to achieve best possible results at the global box office. As a studio, our strategy ahead is to have a healthy mix of co-production and distribution deals across languages while ramping up our in-house productions. We aim to release 12-14 films this year.”
The studio also has an exciting line up of films planned for the next few months. Among them are the Ravi Jadhav directed Marathi film ‘Rampaat’ on May 17, 2019, Sunny Deol’s directorial ‘Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas’ on 19th July, 2019 and Dharma Production’s Good News on 6th September, 2019.