One movie a year is all it takes for Aamir Khan to smash previous box office records. Mr. Perfectionist is quite choosy with his scripts (rightly so) and the result is out there for everyone to appreciate. Khan, who is still revering in the ginormous success of Dangal as the biopic continues to rake in great moolah at China’s ticket
counters, he followed it up with the Secret Superstar. Featuring Zaira Wasim in the lead role, the movie enjoyed quite a run at the domestic box office and is now eyeing the same in China. The film will release in China on Friday.
Dangal raked in $190 million in China and became the highest earning by any Indian film abroad. The film based on the life of Haryana wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat has
created a huge fanbase and a lot of craze for Indian movies in the neighboring nation. The biopic is a household name in China.
Such is the success of Dangal that it has arguably become synonymous with India in China. So much so that Chinese President Xi Jinping told Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi that he liked the movie. And now Secret Superstar is expected to re-create Dangal’s magic.
In Dangal, Zaira enacts Aamir’s teenaged eldest daughter who stuns her male opponents by defeating them in wrestling while in Secret Superstar, the Kashmiri actress
again plays a teenage girl who dreams of becoming a singer. The film is about how she fulfils her dreams by keeping her identity hidden.
Aamir’s movies like PK and 3 Idiots have also done well in China. “I am excited (about the movie). The first thing I will do when I reach Chengdu is to watch ‘Secret
Superstar’,” Cairang Lamu, a college student in her 20s, told IANS from Qinghai province over the phone. She studies in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.
“Can’t wait to watch it. Indian movies 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 movie to release because good movies will destroy its film industry,” the official, who didn’t want to be named, told
Wary of “outside influence,” China has a quota on the number of overseas movies that can be screened in the country each year.