The superstar Aamir Khan whose latest film, Dangal has set a new box office record in China as well. According to the state-owned news portal China Internet Informative Center, the movie has collected big collection. Four days after the movie’s release, Dangal collected near about 124 million of yuan i:e (18$ million) in ticket sales to became the highest grossing Indian movie in China. The film competed with the previous record holder movie PK which also starred actor Aamir Khan and had grossed near about 110 million yuan ( $16 million).
The actor Aamir Khan is well known by the name of Uncle Khan by the Chinese, the 52 years old actor has a good fan following in China as well who have found the movie Dangal very emotional and they are very emotionally connected with his movies. Before also when the movie 2 Idiots which was released there in the year 2011, appealed to Chinese millennials because of its picture of excessive pressures faced by the India’s engineering students, which something China could relate to.
His latest movie Dangal which is known as Wrestle!Dad in China is basically based on the true story of Indian wrestling champion Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained two of his daughters to became the world class wrestlers after his wife gave birth to four daughters but no son. Like in 3 Idiots, the parallels between the Indian and Chinese culture resonated deeply with the China’s moviegoers, who naturally understood India’s preference for the sons and its sudden change in the sex ratio. For the role of Dangal, Aamir Khan had undergone with the dramatic weight gain and loss by shedding around 25 kg (55 lbs) for the second phase of shooting where he reflect the different age of his character.
The culture similarities between both the countries won the hearts of Khan’s Chinese fans who praised him for touching on the social issues. “Just watched Dangal, have to say I laughed and cried a lot, and of course was moved,” a Chinese fan commented (link in Chinese) on Khan’s Weibo. “Thank you for always being concerned about social events, rights for girls, medicine, education… [You have] enlightened me in many ways”. The movie is hit in China with the big box office collection.
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