India, March 27 -- Did you know that overseas markets contribute as much as 30- 40% to overall box office business of Hindi films? Or, that China topped the highest collection list in the overseas region at over Rs.1,900 crore in 2018, to become the largest international market for Indian films? That's why overseas markets have gradually become an extremely critical component of a Hindi film's total earnings, and so, no filmmaker - quite understandably - wants to let go of that lucrative source of income.

Currently, amid the Covid-19 outbreak across the globe, overseas film theatres - like in India - have been shut. All theatres in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji are shut for eight weeks till May-end; and AMC Theatres in the US have been c...