Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is shattering box office records left, right and center. But can he transform his place in the hearts of everyday Chinese into a bridge between nations?
He is the movie star with many names. “India’s conscience” to Chinese media; “Guaranteed Sales” to film distributors, and nothing less than Nan Shen (Male God) to Mandarin-speaking silver screen lovers. Yet those most familiar with the man shattering record books for Bollywood films in China refer simply – and fondly – to “Uncle Aamir”.
Step forward Aamir Khan, an actor described by some as India’s greatest cultural export to China since Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel laureate whose stories held the Middle Kingdom so spellbound in the early 20th century that he was credited with ushering in a new “Tagorean” phase of Sino-Indian relations.
The current excitement surrounds Khan’s latest movie, Secret Superstar, a 150-minute film that has become one of the most profitable films ever (it cost only US$2.4 million to produce but is expected to gross more than US$98 million in China alone). Indeed, the more than US$46 million it took in the first seven days since its China release last Friday was a record for an Indian movie in China, eclipsing even Hollywood hits such as James Cameron’s 2010 mega-hit Avatar.
The movie, a coming-of-age story about a Muslim teenage girl who dreams of fame as a singer and finds it after uploading a YouTube video, has struck a chord with Chinese audiences who see many of India’s social issues – the film tackles gender inequality and domestic violence, among others – reflected in their own experiences. The film – rated eight out of 10 on Douban, a viewer-led movie-ranking website similar to IMDb – has dominated discussions on Sina Weibo, China’s answer to Facebook, for days. Even Chinese state-run media has weighed in, with the online version of People’s Daily praising it for “touching the soul”.
Viacom18 Studios in association with Aamir Khan Productions has announced their upcoming Indian film ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, inspired by Paramount Pictures’ Oscar-winning movie ‘Forrest Gump’. While Aamir Khan essays the titular role in the film, Kareena Kapoor Khan will be seen paired opposite him for the third time.
Laal Singh Chaddha will be directed by Advait Chandan of ‘Secret Superstar’ fame and is being written by Atul Kulkarni. The film will release in Christmas 2020.
Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios said, “It gives me immense pleasure to announce our upcoming venture with Aamir Khan titled ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’. For every cinephile out there, the must-watch list of films would be incomplete without the mention of ‘Forrest Gump’. To be able to adapt the classic for Indian audiences is a long-cherished dream for many of us. Knowing Aamir’s burning passion for this subject for many years, he is the perfect partner to bring to life this dream. I also want to thank Jim, Andrew and the wonderful team at Paramount Pictures for believing in our vision and continuously supporting all endeavors to bring some of their best content to the Indian markets.”
“We’re thrilled to be in business with Aamir Khan Productions and Viacom18 Studios, and to see them bringing this timeless story to a whole new generation of audiences,” said Andrew Gumpert, Chief Operating Officer of Paramount Pictures.
Kareena Kapoor Khan and Aamir Khan are in for a hattrick as the two actors are collaborating once again. After belting out hits like 3 Idiots and Talaash, Kareena and Aamir will now be seen together in Laal Singh Chaddha.
Directed by Advait Chandan of Secret Superstar fame, the film is Hindi remake of Tom Hanks 1994 film Forrest Gump.
It was on his 54th birthday this year that Aamir Khan announced Laal Singh Chaddha. At the media interaction, Aamir said, “Uska naam hai Laal Singh Chaddha. It’s being made by Viacom and Aamir Khan Productions together. Iske director honge Advait Chandan, jinhone banayi thi Secret Superstar. Ek angrezi film ayi thi, Hollywood film, Forrest Gump, uska adaptation hai, we have bought the rights from Paramount.”
Aamir revealed that he has been trying to acquire the rights of Forrest Gump adaptation for the last 8 years.
Aamir Khan said that actor Atul Kulkarni shared the idea of Forrest Gump adaptation during the shooting of Rang De Basanti. “During the shoot, he had shared that Forrest Gump is one of his favourite movies. Atul approached me with adaptation script later on but I did not take him seriously. I read the script after two and a half years and loved it. After that, I went behind taking the right of the movie,” added Aamir Khan.
The film is set to hit the screens on Christmas 2020.
“Thank you Ashutosh Gowariker and thanks to everyone who has been a part of ‘Lagaan’. What a memorable and beautiful journey,” Aamir Khan tweeted.
Mumbai: As ‘Lagaan’ clocked 18 years of its release in Hindi cinema, superstar Aamir Khan called the film a memorable and beautiful journey.
The film, which is set during the British Raj, completed 18 years on Saturday. Aamir, who played a farmer in the movie, thanked its director Ashutosh Gowariker.
“Thank you Ashutosh Gowariker and thanks to everyone who has been a part of ‘Lagaan’. What a memorable and beautiful journey,” Aamir tweeted.
Gowariker replied: “Thank you, Aamir Khan, for helping me embark on this incredible cinematic journey! And a big shout to the entire cast and crew that came along on this journey and made it truly memorable.”
Aamir Khan’s fans from China gifted him a special yellow hoodie
Aamir Khan is one of the most famous celebrities in our country. His fan base is not limited to just India, it is globally spread! In fact, he is considered to be the Nan Shen, which means male god, by his Chinese fans. His films such as 3 Idiots, PK, Dangal and Secret Superstar received a lot of love and praise from the audience in China. He is the international superstar whose movies are the most awaited projects in the country.
Recently the actor was spotted wearing a yellow hoodie which has a big black ‘A+’ on the front. This was a special gift from his fans back in China who adorned the hoodie with their personal signatures. It is a testimony of how much love and respect people have for Aamir Khan all across the border. It’s no surprise that his films Dangal and Secret Superstar were some of the most profitable films. In fact, Dangal was recorded as the highest grosser in the lands of China.
The actor was snapped in the city wearing his yellow hoodie and looking dashing as ever. He paired it with black pants and shiny black shoes. What made heads turn was his new look of unkempt beard, moustache and neatly done hair.
Aamir Khan took to Instagram and shared two ten-seconds films directed by wife Kiran Rao for Facebook’s Thumbstoppers initiative. Watch the films here.
Aamir Khan took to social media on Tuesday and shared a couple of 10-seconds short films made by his filmmaker wife Kiran Rao. Kiran, who has directed Aamir in Dhobi Ghat (2011) and has produced several other critically acclaimed films like Secret Superstar (2017), Peepli Live (2010) among others, has made these thematic films for Facebook Thumbstoppers, an initiative launched in May 2019 to redefine short-form mobile video ads in India. Kiran’s two films are on the subject of domestic violence and the importance of gender equality respectively.
The first film emphasizes the need and awareness regarding gender parity. In it, a young boy and a girl are served with milk of varying quantities, the boy has given more share than the girl. The boy, after he sees the difference in the glasses, fills his sister’s glass with some of his milk.
Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira shared an adorable post on Father’s Day for the 54-year-old actor, in which she explained what it’s like to be brought up by Aamir Khan. Ira shared a recent video of herself tickling Aamir Khan and a throwback post, which also included her elder brother Junaid, to accompany her Father’s Day note. Ira Khan wrote: “From being ridiculously over-protective to telling me I should be more rebellious… you’ve been an amazing person to have in my life. You’re always there when I need you. People always ask what it’s like to be brought up by and around you, some think it would be really cool or exciting… but that would be an understatement.”
She added: “Thanks for being such an educational, stimulating and inspirational figure in my life. I’m passive aggressive too so I may not tell you how cool I think you are but I definitely think it. And thanks for the great-skin-gene. Happy Father’s Day!”
Producer Bhushan Kumar revealed that Aamir Khan is still a part of Mogul as a co-producer. The actor had walked out of the project when Subhash Kapoor was accused of alleged sexual harassment.
Aamir Khan was supposed to play the lead role in Subhash Kapoor’s Mogul. However, last year, in the ##MeToo movement, when Subhash Kapoor was accused of alleged sexual harassment, the Taare Zameen Par actor said he won’t work with Kapoor. As reported by Indian Express, Aamir will be producing the biopic based on Gulshan Kumar.
Bhushan Kumar revealed that Aamir Khan is still on board as the co-producer of Mogul. When asked if he will be acting in the biopic, Bhushan said, “I can’t say anything about it right now. Now, I am very comfortable about it because I know the film is happening and with the best person who looks (laughs) like my father. There is no ambiguity in that. So, I am very happy about that.”
The T-Series honcho also shared that they have found the protagonist for the film. They will be announcing who the actor is in July this year. The makers want to release the film in 2021 and the film will go on floors in 2020. Well, we wonder if Aamir Khan is playing the lead role in it or not.
Earlier, Akshay Kumar was supposed to play the lead role in Mogul. However, he walked out of the film due to creative differences.
If not Aamir Khan, who do you think is apt to play late Gulshan Kumar’s role in Mogul? Tell us in the comments below.
On Aamir Khan’s birthday this year, the actor announced Laal Singh Chaddha. Even much before it’s release, the film created immense buzz owing to Aamir’s popularity. The film has got its release date and it will hit the screens on Christmas 2020.
Aamir Khan along with wife Kiran Rao celebrates his birthday with media. Aamir was asked what does he feel when #WorldsBiggestSuperstar hashtag was trending on Twitter and he also gets candid about wife Kiran Rao. Must Watch!