Do you skip past Bollywood films when you scan current cinema releases?
Well, not everyone does, clearly. Epic Indian romance Kites, produced by veteran Bollywood actor and producer Rakesh Roshan, has proved a surprise box office winner in the UK and the US. It’s the first-ever Indian film to scale the US top ten box office charts in its opening weekend and entered the UK box office at number 5 this week.
Kites’ crossover appeal may well be down to the fact it’s filmed almost entirely in English and Spanish and set in America and Mexico and has had the widest release of an Indian film ever. On its opening day in India, the film grossed £3million, the country’s second highest opening ever.