'Kal Ho Naa Ho' making waves in Warsaw

May 9, 2006 Surender Bhutani

Warsaw, May 9 (IANS) The Shah Rukh Khan-Karan Johar combo is again making waves in Poland. After reaping rich dividends with "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" last year, it is now "Kal Ho Naa Ho" that is raking in money at the Polish box office.

The film, starring Shah Rukh, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta, is being shown in three cinema halls simultaneously with Polish subtitles. And Gutek Films, which premiered the film Friday, is overwhelmed with the public response.

"Things are moving beyond our expectations. Now every week we will take this film to a new town so that the Polish people can taste Bollywood masala," a representative of the Gutek films told IANS.

People in the Polish capital, particularly the young, are hugely enjoying the music of the film, which features foot-tapping numbers like "It's The Time To Disco" and "Mahi Ve".

Commenting upon the film's performance, Indian Ambassador Anil Wadhwa said: "The draw of Shah Rukh Khan is fantastic and people are now well versed with his CV. Very soon, his other films like 'Veer-Zaara' will be shown in Polish cities.

"Bollywood is no longer a strange word for the Polish people. In this globalised world, Indian films finally are searching new territories and luckily they have found a sound market like Poland," he added.

"My son Chris, who earlier used to watch Hindi movies on video, now takes his Polish friends to the movie hall," said Anna Bem, who is married to an Indian professor.

Gaberilla Krzyzowska, an Indophile whose husband is the president of Polish-Indian Cultural Committee, agreed: "We are very happy that Indian movies are being popularised in Poland."

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