As Saudi Arabia sheds its conservative vestiges, Akshay Kumar’s starrer sports drama Gold has become the first Bollywood film ever to release in this Gulf country.
The film Gold is a historical sports drama inspired by India’s first Olympic Gold medal. It traces the golden era of Indian hockey through the journey of Tapan Das (played by Akshay Kumar), a young assistant manager who dreamt of playing for an independent nation.
The movie is shaped under the dexterous hand of director Reema Kagti. Major part of the movie was shot at Bradford, Doncaster and Rotherham in the United Kingdom. It is only the second movie after Rajinikanth's hit social drama, Kaala, to hit the theatres in Saudia Arabia.
Akshay shared the news through Twitter.
“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!” he tweeted.
The film Gold has proved the proverbial Midas touch for Akshay as it has become his eighth consecutive success. His previous hits include PadMan, Toilet Ek Prem Katha, Jolly LLB 2, Rustom, Housefull 3, Airlift and Singh Is Bliing.
The film also features Mouni Roy, Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor and Vineet Kumar Singh. It was released on August 15.
The Akshay Kumar film has achieved both critical as well as commercial success. Gold recently joined the Rs 100 crore club as well.