MANILA, Philippines – Film exhibitor SM Cinema will soon be showing Bollywood movies in the Philippines as part of its efforts to screen non-Hollywood movies such as those produced in South Korea, Japan and Indonesia.
SM Cinema, which has 246 theaters in 45 malls around the country, announced on its Facebook page that it will be showing two Hindi movies before the year ends -- the romantic movie “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” from Bollywood’s “King of Romance” Yash Chopra and “Talaash: The Answer Lies Within,” an action-packed suspense thriller from Reema Kagti.
“Jab Tak Hai Jaan,” roughly translated as “Till There is Life,” follows an ex-army man who lives a double life in London and who faces the dilemma of choosing between his wife and the woman who inspires him. It stars Shah Rukh Khan, the most awarded Bollywood actor of all time in India, with eight Filmfare Best Actor awards.
The movie is one of the highly anticipated films in India partly because it is the last legacy of its director and producer, Chopra, who has won six National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare awards. In 2001, the Indian government honoured him with India's highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" was the director's last directorial venture before his death last October 21.
The film’s release in India is timed for the six-day Diwali Festival. It opens on November 21 at SM Cinema.
Meanwhile, "Talaash: The Answer Lies Within" opens on December 12. The film stars Aamir Khan who also starred in the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in India, "3 Idiots."
In "Talaash," he plays Inspector Shekhawat whose son has died in a fatal accident that also killed a rising Bollywood star.
The two Hindi films are distributed in the country by Viva Films and Multivision Pictures, and will be released exclusively at SM Cinema.