Prolific Indian filmmaker SS Rajamouli's Baahubali is all set to release across Taiwan and China. The movie is poised to hit the screens in China on June 24. E Star Films has acquired the rights and will release above 6,000 screens in China. This is by far the biggest release for any Indian movie in China.
It was previously slated for an October 2015 release. The Chinese box office is a highly controlled market and as of now, only 34 foreign films are allowed to be released per year. Most of these slots are taken by Hollywood tent poles and summer blockbusters.
And getting the release date is tougher as films not only face competition from Hollywood but also major Bollywood studios who would want to put all the Bollywood big-budget movies on Chinese screens. Only two Indian movies have got a big release there - 3 Idiots and PK, And now Baahubali is making an entry into Chinese box office.
According to the sources, the run time of the movie has been reduced for the Chinese audience. It is said that Chinese version is 20 minutes lesser than the Indian version.
Watch Prabhas speak in Mandarin to promote the movie here.
After Taiwan, the movie will be released in mainland China.