New Delhi, Mar 22 (UNI) Abbas Mastan's 'Race' hit cinema halls in Pakistan yesterday, making it the second Indian film, after the UTV-produced 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal', to get a day and date release in the neighbouring country.
'Race', distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, received clearance from the Central Film Censor Board of Pakistan on the eve of its worldwide release yesterday, paving way for it becoming the second Indian film to have a day&date release in Pakistan, the first being UTV's 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal' in November last year.
With the Pakistani Censor Board granting permission to exhibit the Aamir Khan-directed 'Taare Zameen Par', UTV has earned the unique distinction of being the first Indian studio to get three of its films released in Pakistani theatres. While 'Dhan Dhanadhan Goal' was produced and distributed by UTV, 'Taare Zameen Par' was distributed by it in the overseas markets while the action-thriller 'Race' is being distributed by it worldwide.
'Race', to be distributed in Pakistan by Karachi-based 'Eveready Pictures', will have a 15 print release across nine cities including Lahore, Karachi and Hyderabad, UTV sources said.
'Taare Zameen Par', that got censored on exceptional grounds in Pakistan, is scheduled for a March end release in the country.
'Taare Zameen Par', to be distributed by Geo TV in Pakistan, will have a 15 print release in the neighbouring country.
The release of 'Race' in Pakistani theatres, following close on the heels of that of Anees Bazmee's 'Welcome', continues the trend of Indian films securing a legitimate release in theatres in the neighbouring country in recent months.
In November last year, the UTV-produced 'Dhan Dhanadhan Goal' became the first Indian film to get a day and date release in Pakistan after a nod from the Pakistan Censor Board. Ever since its release in the neighbouring country, 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal' has grossed half million USD so far from Pakistan, making it the fourth largest overseas market after US, UK and West Asia.
Commenting on release of 'Race' in Pakistani theatres, Director of the UTV Motion Pictures, Siddharth Roy Kapur said,''we are glad that the Pakistan authorities have opened their cinemas to Indian films, and are particularly proud that we have managed to secure a back-to-back release in Pakistan for three of our films - first 'Dhan Dhanadhan Goal' and, now, 'Taare Zameen Par' and Race' - which is what no studio in India achieved till date.'' Voicing optimism that Pakistan would, in the near future, emerge as a huge potential sources of box office revenue for Bollywood, Mr Kapur said,''Pakistan is slated to become an important overseas market for our cinema with an audience that mirrors the sensibilities of our domestic audience.'' In this context, he said they were hopeful of securing a release for periodical romance 'Jodhaa Akbar' in the neighbouring country.
''We have been working on Pakistani release for 'Jodhaa Akbar' for quite some time. We feel that the Censor Board in Pakistan will give us a Censor certificate for 'Jodhaa Akbar' very soon,''Siddharth Kapur said.
Abbas Mastan's gripping multi star thriller 'Race' distributed worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures, released across 1600 screens worldwide in 26 countries this holiday weekend beginning March 21.
Produced by Tips Industries Ltd 'Race' has the highest number of shows ever screened in India with 3600 shows per day in multiplexes.
Starring Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif and Akshay Khanna, the film will release at across 1300 screens in India, of which 450 are digitals. In the overseas market it will release at almost in 300 screens with 56 in UK, 118 in the US, 30 in the Gulf, 15 in Pakistan, 14 in Australia and the balance in the rest of the world.
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