Bollywood flick released in Spain

NEW DELHI: One of Bollywood’s top hits, ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’ or ‘Say that you love me’, has been dubbed into Spanish and will be released this month in Spain and 20 countries in Latin America, a report said. The love story, released in 2000, marked the film debut of teenage heartthrob Hrithik Roshan and turned him into an overnight megastar. The Spanish version is an hour shorter than the three-hour original and the number of songs has been cut to two from seven and re-recorded in Spanish by local singers, the United News of India report said. Bollywood, India’s answer to Hollywood, is the world’s most prolific film industry, churning out an estimated 1,000 films a year. But in recent years its revenues have fallen which critics say is partly due to a slew of box office flops.

Analysts believe Latin America, with its big population, represents a major opportunity for Bollywood’s films, famed for their lavish sets, exotic locales and fast-moving song-and-dance scenes, the report said. Until now Bollywood had been focussing mainly on Britain, the United States, Canada and South Africa, where there are significant South Asian-origin audiences, to sell its films abroad. — AFP