Bollywood actor Aamir Khan was present at The Taihu World Cultural Forum on 17 October where he talked about his films and how a Bollywood film has become popular for the Chinese moviegoers.
Aamir said, “I feel the deeper you go into our own culture, the more international the film will be.”
The Dangal actor has cemented his major celebrity status in China. His films – Dangal and Secret Superstar – and Rani Mukherjee’s Hichki got a phenomenal reception from the Chinese moviegoers.
“People living anywhere in the world are emotionally involved, be it national conditions or social background, people are touched by good stories,” said the 53-year-old actor.
“For instance, I cried after watching an Italian movie on World War II. Though I was not involved in that period, the movie manages to send me back to the tragic times and generated great empathy in me with those victims. Likewise, my interpretation of a stubborn, hard-bitten former wrestler in Dangal has made Chinese families aware about the great love of an Indian father for the daughter,” the actor said.
Dangal made nearly 1.3 billion yuan ($188 million) in box office performance, marking the highest-grossing Indian film of all time in China.
Aamir even talked about his film choices. He said, “I fully prepared for the film over the past year, and each character in my film means much to me. My face often looks totally different each time as I play a new role. Sometimes, I have to put weight and change the makeup, and I want to present the most authentic image to all the viewers.”