By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Thursday, May 04, 2006
After winning the hearts of people in major parts of the world, Yash Chopra's Veer-Zaara cast its magical spell in Europe. After positive reactions from the German media at the 55th Berlinale Film Festival last year, the film was released in German language to an unprecedented response.
Veer-Zaara was premiered on April 26 at The Grand Rex, the biggest cinema in Paris. With a seating capacity of 2,800, The Grand Rex has projected films for more than one million spectators for over half a century. Veer-Zaara is the first Hindi film to ever premiere at this prestigious venue.
The premiere was attended by the crème de la crème of Paris society and French media. From India, the stars of the film, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji, joined Yash Chopra on the occasion.
It also marked the commencement of the Bollywood week, which witnessed a number of films from India being screened for French viewers. These included D.D.L.J., Mohabbatein, Kabhi Kabhie, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dhoom, Swades, Lagaan, Bhoot, K3G, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Dil To Pagal Hai, Sholay and Black. Most of these films will then be released across France theatrically.
The three stars of Veer-Zaara also visited Virgin Mega Store to meet their fans and French media and also participated in autographing the Veer-Zaara CDs and selected DVDs of their respective films.