Aamir Khan's Secret Superstar goes to China
The film will be released in the country on Friday
Aamir Khan's Secret Superstar will release in China on Friday and is expected to make waves in the country where his Dangal raked in $190 million, the highest earning by any Indian film abroad.
Aamir is hugely popular in China where craze for Indian films is ever growing. Dangal, the story of a man who trains his daughters to become wrestlers, is a household name in China. Such was the success of that film that it has become synonymous with India in China. So much so that Chinese President Xi Jinping told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he liked the film.
It remains to be seen if Secret Superstar will storm the box office in China the way Dangal did in 2017.
Secret Superstar features Zaira Wasim, who played the role of Aamir's teenaged eldest daughter in Dangal. In the new film, the Kashmiri actor again plays a teenage girl, one who dreams of becoming a singer. The film is about how she fulfils her dreams by keeping her identity hidden.
Othe films of Aamir's like PK and 3 Idiots have also done well in China.
"I am excited (about the film). The first thing I will do when I reach Chengdu is to watch Secret Superstar," Cairang Lamu, a college student in her 20s, from Qinghai province said over the phone. She studies in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.
"Can't wait to watch it. Indian films also do well in China thanks to the poor quality of Chinese films," said an official of a big conglomerate in China. "That's why China does not allow every foreign film to be released because good films will destroy its film industry," added the official, who did not want to be named.
Wary of "outside influence," China has a quota on the number of overseas films that can be screened in the country each year.