In China, Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar Makes History

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Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar is well on its way to create history with Chinese box office collection of the Indian musical drama amassing in access of Rs 500 crores in just 10 days of its release in that country, according to reports.

The coming-of-age story of a 14-year-old girl, who aspires to be a singer, struck a chord with the Chinese audiences who have been flocking theatres since the release of the movie on January 19 and has already given big budget Hollywood movies like ‘Star Wars: Last Jedi’ a run for their money, according to Maoyan.com — China’s largest online movie ticketing and fans rating portal.

Comparing the “cultural impact” Amir Khan has had on the Chinese moviegoers with Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the South China Morning Post says that the Bollywood actor is “on the cusp of overshadowing Tagore’s cultural impact on China” as it goes on to praise the acting and storytelling skills of Khan, who has already charmed his Chinese fans with his movies Dangal, P.K. and 3 Idiots.

Building on the success of Dangal, which managed to secure $194 million in two months from the Chinese market and set a record as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time in China, Khan’s Secret Superstar surpassed its India collections in just two days of China release and is all set to dethrone Salman blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai as 2017’s second highest-grossing Hindi film globally.

Dangal was only the 33th film in China’s history to cross RMB one billion and won rare praise from Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping for its theme. Most of the Chinese schools recommended the movie to parents and students for inspiration.

Chinese citizens loved the simplistic story of a man struggling to train his daughters to be world class wrestlers in Dangal.

Khan has quickly become one of the most followed Indian celebrity on China’s popular online social networking platforms. He created his first ever account on Weibo, a twitter alternative commonly used in China, which gathered over 26,0000 followers in no time.

He has enthralled Chinese cinephiles for his starring role in 3 Idiots. This movie got popularised through pirated mediums and paved the way for Khan’s commercial success in China.

The almost similar family structure and social sensibilities of the two countries have played an important role for the Chinese people to relate with the story of Dangal. The movie introduces the particular dimensions of women’s empowerment and is celebrated for being one of the most progressive movies coming out of the Indian subcontinent.

Directed by Advait Chandan and produced by Khan and his wife Kiran Rao, Secret Superstar has teenage actress Zaira Wasim in the lead role.

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