Bachchans in London for Bollywood film world premiere

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The Bachchans, the first family of Indian cinema, were out in force in London on Wednesday for the world premiere of the Bollywood film "Raavan".

Abhishek Bachchan, his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and father Amitabh Bachchan were due to attend, as was the film's director Mani Ratnam and Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman.

They were given the red carpet treatment at the British Film Institute Southbank complex next to the River Thames in central London.

The Hindi-language film, which stars Abhishek Bachchan and his wife, an actress and former Miss World, will be released in cinemas worldwide on Friday.

"India is the largest film industry in the world. We sell twice the amount of tickets that Hollywood does," Abhishek Bachchan told Sky News television.

"They are at a threshold where people have suddenly developed this love for Indian cinema.

"But I don't think it's going to be this huge rage in the English-speaking world. There is always a language barrier and that is something that has to be respected."

Amitabh Bachchan came to London after spending time in Paris.

"Abhishek and Aishwarya have flown in just this evening after hectic and tiring procedures being conducted for the promotions on 'Raavan', and it was such a delight to be all together again," he said in his blog Tuesday.

"Took them out to dinner, caught up on events and times, laughed."

© 2010 AFP

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