A few days ago, it was reported that Salman Khan has a new leading lady in his next film, Tubelight. Her name is Zhu Zhu, and she is an internationally acclaimed Chinese film and television actor. Formerly a VJ, Zhu Zhu has also worked with Hollywood A-listers such as Tom Hanks in Cloud Atlas (2012), and with Russell Crowe in The Man With The Iron Fists (2012).
As director Kabir Khan’s film goes on the floors, Zhu Zhu is confident that it is going to be “another amazing experience” for her. “I am thrilled to have this chance to work with Salman. I have seen his films, and I’m very charmed by his talent,” says the actor, adding that when she read the film’s script, she was “deeply touched by its spirit”.
“I am sure this is going to be another amazing experience in my career and in my life,” she says. Zhu Zhu, who also lent her voice to the character of Viper in the Chinese dubbed version of the hit film Kung Fu Panda 3, says she is “honoured” to be part of the Hindi film. “Kabir is not only a brilliant filmmaker, but he also always showcases humanity, love and the lives of ordinary people in his movies, which everyone in the world can relate to,” she says.
Kabir, who held auditions in Hong Kong and also in cities such as Beijing (China) and Los Angeles (USA), says he liked Zhu Zhu “immediately”. He adds, “She has a strong screen presence, and is a fantastic actor. Salman and she will make an interesting onscreen couple.”