Aamir Khan promotes Dangal, interacts with fans at Beijing International Film Festival ahead of release

FP Staff

Apr 18, 2017 11:49:47 IST

Aamir Khan, who traveled to China for the Beijing International Film Festival, said that he feels a "close cultural connection" to this South-East Asian country. His film Dangal is being screened at the festival ahead of its release in May.

Aamir Khan promotes Dangal, interacts with fans at Beijing International Film Festival ahead of release

Aamir Khan at the Beijing International Film Festival. Image from insta_aamirkhan

Speaking to India Today, Khan said he believes films have the potential to bridge the cultural divide between India and China.

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The actor gained popularity in China after the release of 3 Idiots and PK; the latter earned more than Rs 100 crore overseas, thereby smashing box office records for Indian films released in China and elsewhere in the world.

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Khan said that there are many similarities in the cultures of India and China, and that he feels very comfortable in the midst of Chinese people. He added that he feels closer to the people in China than people in the West.

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He said that it makes him very happy that his work does well in this country, and that films where creative talent from India and China work together should be made, which would bring the people of both countries closer.

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While in Beijing, Khan met Wu Gang and Liu Yifei, who are leading actors in China. He remarked that Yifei is a beautiful actress and that he would love to work with her if he got the chance.

Khan quoted lines in Chinese from the Disney animated film Mulan and received a huge applause.

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His Chinese fans asked if his show Satyamev Jayate, which is translated and aired in China, would be renewed for another season. Khan replied by saying that his team is busy working on solving the drought situation in Maharashtra, which is why the show has stopped for now.

At the premier of the film, Aamir Khan sang the title track of the film for the audience and tried dishes from a famous Indian restaurant in Beijing owned by Gireesh Singh Chowdhury.

Dangal is the story of wrestlers Geeta and Babita Phogat, who are trained by their father Mahavir Singh Phogat. Starring Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra and Zaira Wasim, it holds the record for being the highest grossing film of all time in Bollywood.

Updated Date: Apr 18, 2017 11:49:47 IST