Actor-producer Aamir Khan, whose films are making a killing at the box-office in China, modestly claims that though he has been bestowed with the tag of ‘Worlds Biggest Superstar’, his popularity in the country is accidental.
Speaking about the tremendous love he garnered from the adjacent nation, Aamir Khan said, “My popularity in China happened by accident. Not many people know that it all started with 3 Idiots (2009), which reached Chinese homes through piracy. I guess they really related with the subject of the education system. Then they followed my work, including PK, and even the TV show Satyamev Jayate. When Dangal released in China, they already knew me and my work. Also, the reason why the films did such business in China is the sheer number of screens. In India, we have around 5,000 theatres, while in China there are 45,000. Even though there isn’t as much difference in the population of the two countries (approx. 1.35 billion in India and 1.4 billion in China). I play a cameo in Secret Superstar; even then the film was released by the exhibitors in 11,000 theatres in China. Just imagine the scale!”
Aamir Khan doesn’t make as many movies as his fellow superstar Khans, but the ones he does make, at least over the past decade, are box office magic. Nine of his last ten films have been enormous global hits. His last three—the aforementioned Dhoom 3, PK, and Dangal—have each successively redefined the very definition of what is financially possible for an Indian movie. His pictures are not just commercial successes, they’re also critical darlings, thoughtful humanistic ruminations on important social issues, that also happen to be great fun.