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Lagaan revives memories of Raj Kapoor in China

Anil K Joseph (Press Trust of India)

Posted: Nov 20, 2002 at 1654 hrs IST

Bollywood blockbuster Lagaan on Wednesday became the first Indian movie to be released in China nation-wide, rekindling memories of the Raj Kapoor era when Indian films were immensely popular in the neighbouring communist nation.

The Oscar foreign film nominee 2002, Lagaan is the first Indian film that has been released nation-wide in China, said Joe Zhang, an official from columbia Tri Star Film Distributors International.

"Continuing with its international success and now reaching here, Lagaan brings us a great chance to break the wrong idea that "good movies are American ones, a chance to introduce the Indian culture to the common Chinese," Zhang said.

"Now we are reminded of the times when Raj Kapoor films like Awara was a big hit in China," he said.

The premiere was well-attended with well-wishers of India, film buffs as well as a host of Chinese media thronging the venue.

Welcoming the release, charge-de-affaires, Embassy of India, Debnath Shaw hoped that Chinese People would have more such opportunities to view Indian films.

"Our Chinese friends tell me that Indian films such as Awara and Do Bigha Zameen were very popular in China in the past, but today they do not get many opportunities to see such quality films in theatre houses across China.

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