Aamir Khan to release PK in China, share stage with Jackie Chan
Updated: May 12, 2015 10:33 IST
Aamir Khan will reach China to promote the wide release of his recent blockbuster, PK, in the country on Thursday. The movie has been dubbed in Chinese and will be released across the country later this month.
PK, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has grossed over Rs 600 crore worldwide and is one of the biggest hits ever of Bollywood. The dubbed version of the film will release with 3,500 prints in China.
Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan, also a Mainland politician, will join Aamir on stage to talk about the China-India project - Gong Fu Yu Jia (Kung Fu Yoga) - he is currently working on. The movie is being shot in India and China. The event will coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China.
The Chinese government will announce the launch of three films with Sino-Indian themes, starring top bracket actors, directors and studio houses from both countries on May 14 - the day Modi lands in the city of Xian in northwest China.
It is rare for China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) to make a public announcement about projects.
But in an unusually detailed statement, it said three films, "all stories of China-India friendly ties" will be launched on May 14.
"...see the launch of three films, all stories of China-India friendly ties, namely Da Tang Xuan Zang (temporary English title: Monk Xuanzang), Gong Fu Yu Jia (temporary English title: Kung Fu Yoga), and Yin Jiong Da Nao Tian Zhu (temporary English title: Lost in India)".
Besides Aamir and Jackie, two top Chinese stars, Huang Xiaoming and Wang Baoqiang - who has dubbed for Aamir in PK - will be present.
The statement said that at the launch, SAPPRFT officials will talk about importing and exporting films between the two countries.
These moves follow the signing of the Agreement on Audiovisual Co-Production between the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the SAPPFRT during President Xi Jinping's visit to India.
Latest Chinese movies like Dragon Blade, The Grandmasters, Wolf Totem, and The Nightingale will be distributed in India.
"Since last year, China has imported four Indian films for cinema screening. Several more Indian films have been or are to be broadcasted on CCTV-6 (the country's primary movie channel on television," the statement said.
Last November China was the 'country of focus' at the 45th International Film Festival of India.