‘Chennai Express’ to steam back to Egypt

October 10, 2013 | By | Reply More

Oct 10, – Men, women and college students applauded Khan’s comic timings and laughed when he punched the bad guys, clearly showing that the film’s Hindi language soundtrack is no barrier to Egyptians.

hromedia - ‘Chennai Express’ to steam back to EgyptCrowds of movie lovers cheered as Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s latest film ‘Chennai Express’ screened in Cairo theatres, marking the return of Hindi cinema to Egypt after more than two decades.  

“I love Shah Rukh Khan. I am so happy that I saw his movie in Cairo,” said a cheerful Mohammed Hamid who sells DVD films, as he emerged from Cairo’s Galaxy multiplex after watching the movie for the second time in as many days.

‘Chennai Express’ has entered its second week in Egypt, screening in 10 cinema halls — eight in Cairo and two in Alexandria — after smashing box office records in India.

It is the first of a “pipeline” of Bollywood films to be screened with Arabic subtitles in Egypt, distributors say.

The film, which also stars popular Indian actress Deepika Padukone, has become Bollywood’s biggest box office grosser, with earnings topping $30 million since its release in August, Indian film weeklies say.

A typical Bollywood mix of action, romance and comedy, the film tells the story of a 40-year-old man who becomes embroiled in the dealings of a south Indian don when he rescues his runaway daughter from thugs aboard the Chennai Express train to southern India.

Khan himself is jubilant at the Egyptian response to his movie.

“A big thanx to everyone in Egypt… I am made to understand u guys made the film go thru the roof of the pyramids …!!!” the actor wrote on his Twitter account.

DVD vendor Hamid, who has given himself the nickname Kabir Khan after a character played by the actor in his 2007 blockbuster ‘Chak De India!’ (Come on India!), showed up to the film screening in a headband similar to one worn by Khan at a cricket match.

He says he wants more Bollywood movies to be screened in Egypt.

“Shah Rukh is the best, but we want to see movies of Amitabh Bachchan also,” said Hamid, referring to India’s legendary actor.

Bachchan is a household name in Egypt, with fans ranging from taxi drivers to bankers fondly remembering his movies from the 70s and 80s when they dominated Egyptian theatres.

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