Hindi film 'breaks Indian record'

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Bollywood film Mangal Pandey: The Rising, about the 1857 mutiny in India, has broken box office records for a Hindi film in India, reports have said. The film, about an Indian rebellion against the colonial British, took £2.8m ($5m) in its first week.

The amount is "the highest ever on record" in India, Screen Daily said.

The film, one of the most expensive Hindi movies made, took about £120,000 in its first weekend in the UK.

The film is expected to gross £6.7m ($12m) in India, where it opened simultaneously on 400 screens.

It was filmed simultaneously in Hindi and English.

The movie depicts a revolt by Hindu and Muslim soldiers against the British East India Company over fears that gun cartridges were greased with animal fat forbidden by their religions.

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