Dilwale Ready To Take On Star Wars: The Force Awakens

India’s biggest film star, Shah Rukh Khan, heads the cast of director Rohit Shetty’s Dilwale, an action-comedy-musical shot in Bulgaria. In its first foray into distribution, Khan’s production company Red Chillies is releasing the film in India, the U.S. and the UK.

Bajirao Mastani, producer/director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical romantic drama starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Milind Soman and Tanvi Azmi, is being released worldwide by Eros International.

The Disney Co. originally dated Star Wars worldwide on December 18 but then opted to go one week later in India and Pakistan, presumably to avoid clashing with the Bollywood entries.

Khan, plays a Raj who become a gangster after being betrayed by the love of his life Meera (Kajol). While helping his brother Veer (Varun Dhawan) to get the girl he loves, Ishita (Kriti Sanon), he meets Meera again after 15 years. Still unable to forgive and forget, neither of the former lovers can deny the feelings each still has for the other.

Red Chillies and Rohit Shetty Productions invited their sub-distributors to Hyderabad to see more than an hour’s footage of the movie and showed 30 minutes footage to journalists. The responses were so enthusiastic, some are predicting record business for a Hindi film.

Bhowmick-Lange says, “Expectations are sky high. It’s a very big production with big stars, an on-screen couple whom audiences love, and a big director. There is a lot at stake for the Indian film industry.”

Besides film production, Red Chillies has interests in television and commercials production, a VFX house, an equipment leasing division and a 50% stake in the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.