No more India, China Dangal? Aamir Khan attempts to cross border with 'good' films
Beijing, April 22: At a time when the 'fragile peace' between India and China got a major jolt over the issue of visit of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh recently, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is trying his best to cross border with 'good' films.
Yes, the Mr Perfectionist of Bollywood visited China recently to promote his mega-hit film, Dangal. "A good character and a good story can help you cross borders," Khan said, while speaking on international co-productions at the 7th Beijing International Film Festival recently.
Khan did not discuss 'politics' or 'border issue', but the popularity of the star and his movies in China is a clear indication that 'films' are a great way of building bridges between the two neighbouring countries.
Khan has just concluded his five-day and three-city tour in China to promote Dangal. The film is releasing across China as Shuaijiao Baba or Let's Wrestle, Father, on May 6.
The film narrates the lives of former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, played by Khan, and his two wrestler daughters, Geeta and Babita. The film was also screened at the BIFF and was well-appreciated by all.
Khan's old films like 3 Idiots and PK are very popular among the Chinese audience. He was greeted by a large number of his fans in China during his short and hectic tour of the country.
Meanwhile, Khan has recently opened an account on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, probably to woo more Chinese fans. He already has 220,000 fans and his first welcome comment on it was liked some 30,000 times.
Some of the messages Khan got on the social networking site are:
"Dear Aamir, welcome to China. Love you and your work so much. Hope you have fun on Weibo," wrote his fan, AkarLai.
Another fan, Nemo said, "So many years have passed, and finally have the opportunity...thank very much for your movie '3 Idiots' giving me a very profound education."
One fan, Jinranfengyu, wished him in Hindi. "Suprabhaat (good morning) uncle Aamir, I am overjoyed to know that you will come to China. Your movies and talk show series open a window for us to understand India culture and people living there. I am quite moved by the characters in your movies for their wisdom, courage and love."
Dangal in English means 'wrestling'. While India and China 'wrestle over' border areas, the movie, Dangal, tries to bring the two countries closer.