Be it for the entertainment factor or the Box-Office records, Chennai Express is one movie that is going to last in people's minds. Now Chennai Express is in the news again as it will make Bollywood return to Egypt after 25 years on Wednesday, October 2.
Egyptians have so much love and affection for Indian cinema even
they did not have these films releasing in their theatres. "It was
an odd situation. India is the world's biggest producer of feature
films; Indian films are screened in over 90 countries; Egyptians
clearly love Indian films. And yet, they couldn't find their
favourite Indian films on the big screen," Indian Ambassador
Navdeep Suri exclaimed.
"That's where we intervened to connect Egyptian distribution
channels with Indian film producers. I am delighted that they have
come together to meet the demand of Egyptian audiences," Suri
Speaking on the occasion, Cairo International Film Festival
President Samir Farid said Indian cinema has a long tradition and
that was reflected in its global influence. He further said that it
was the right of Egyptian audiences to have the opportunity to see
Indian films in theatres.
Egyptian actress Aida al-Kashef, the lead actress in the
critically acclaimed Indian movie Ship of Theseus, expressed her
delight at the development, adding that working with an Indian
director for her movie was a great experience. She hoped that a
strong return by Indian movies would encourage further
collaboration between Indian and Egyptian film industries.
United Motion Pictures, facilitated by Gaurang Films and the
Indian embassy in Cairo, will release Shahruk Khan-Deepika
Padukone starrer Chennai Express in Cairo and
Alexandria. In the initial run, the movie will run in eight
theatres in Cairo and two in Alexandria, including all major
theatres and multiplexes. The film will carry Arabic subtitles.
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