Mumbai: Abbas-Mastan’s Race, distributed by UMP received Pakistan censor on the eve of its worldwide release on 21 March, which makes it the second Indian film to have a day and date release in Pakistan, the first being UTV’s Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal in November 2007.
On the other hand, Aamir Khan’s directorial venture Taare Zameen Par also got censored on exceptional grounds in Pakistan and is scheduled for a March end release.
Distributed by Karachi-based Eveready Pictures, Race will have a 15 print release across nine cities including Lahore, Karachi and Hyderabad. Taare Zameen Par, to be distributed by Geo TV, will have a 15 print release in Pakistan.
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal grossed half million USD so far, from Pakistan, making it the fourth largest overseas market after US, UK and the Middle East.
"We are glad that the Pakistan authorities have opened their cinemas to India films, and are particularly proud that three of our films have been cleared for release. Pakistan is slatted to become an important overseas market for our cinema with an audience that mirrors the sensibilities of our domestic audience" says UMP director Siddharth Roy Kapur.
Race released across 1600 screens worldwide in 26 countries. Produced by Tips Industries, Race has the highest number of shows ever screened in India with 3600 shows per day in multiplexes.
The film stars Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif and Akshaye Khanna.