The unprecedented global success of Indian entertainer “PK” rides high on the fact that over a seventh of its Rs 700 crore earnings have come from China. Superstar Aamir Khan, the film’s lead actor, says it reflects the “historical” love of Chinese audience for Indian cinema as well as the emotional and cultural bonds they share with this country.
“PK” hit the jackpot in China soon after the May 14-16 visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the presence of whom Indian film conglomerate Eros International announced key collaborations with leading Chinese film entities.
The movie, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and starring Aamir – the trio behind the 2009 film “3 Idiots” which also found resounding success in China – released in the country on May 22. On the 16th day since its release across 4,500 screens, it had reportedly minted Rs.100 crore. And it’s still counting.
“It’s really amazing and very heartening,” Aamir, whose films – “PK”, “Dhoom: 3” and “3 Idiots” – are said to occupy the first three spots in Indian cinema’s top five grossers across the world, told IANS in an interview on the phone from Mumbai.
At 50, it’s interesting how the actor-filmmaker is steering change in Hindi filmdom with entertaining and comical dramas, laced with pertinent and universally-appealing social messages delivered in an utmost subtle way.
If “Taare Zameen Par” brought a tale of a dyslexic child to the fore and “3 Idiots” took a stand on India’s education system, “PK”, with all its humour, touches upon – as Global Times, a leading English daily of China put it – “religion, one of the most solemn and sensitive issues, not only in India, which has been suffering from longstanding religious strife, but also in many other countries”.
Stressing on the fact that “a good film made anywhere in the world – whether from India, the US, China or Japan – just cuts across language, culture…it just touches your heart”, Aamir said: “It is very generous of the Chinese audience and media there to wholeheartedly embrace ‘PK’.”
On his debut visit to China last month for his movie’s premiere, which was also attended by globally-popular star Jackie Chan, Aamir realised how “people there have historically loved Indian films”.
“When we were there in China, everybody was talking about Raj Kapoor, ‘Awara’, ‘Caravan’ (which happens to be my father’s film)…these films were being mentioned even today and they were being remembered very fondly.
“I think the people of China and India seem to have a connect, which is emotional, cultural, and they are quite similar people. We are quite close emotionally and culturally,” said the actor, who has regaled audiences since over 25 years.
He also came face-to-face with people in China who “had seen not just ‘3 Idiots’ but also ‘Dhoom: 3’, ‘Ghajini’, ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and ‘Lagaan’, which perhaps have not even released there”. This, to him, came as a pleasant surprise as it meant audiences there “are searching out for our films” and finding “them on the internet or wherever they have got their hands on it”.
“They are an active audience. And the success of ‘PK’ is to the credit of China and the audience there that they are so welcoming of films from different parts the world. That’s something we need to learn from them,” Aamir pointed out – much as the English daily indicated how Chinese filmmakers could “learn from ‘PK’ about how to tell a bright and thought-provoking comedy in an artistic way without necessarily being too cynical”.
Some photos from the China success celebrations of the blockbuster.
Jitna celebrate karna hai karle re. . . After january 5, 2016; pk ka record kahi nehi tikega.
Thank you indicine for posting this. One question, does PK have any other country where it is going to release? Recently in Bangladesh, 4 Bollywood films released in theatre. Wanted was amongst them. All of them were flops here though. Will PK team release it in Bangladesh? It will do great business here. Aamir Khan is super popular here!
Aamir movies crossing 100 cr in other countries, but here makkhi is still strugling to cross 100 cr in his own country. LOL
Proud of Aamir. Founder of 200,300,500,600 and 700 crore WW.
In China, a country with a population of over 1.3 billion, Aamir Khan is the only Indian actor with a huge fan following there. Srk also tried to release HNY there, but its lifetime was only 1 crore.
……….wow…pk is the 8th indian movie to cross 4cr footfalls worldwide after mother india,mughal e azam,sholay,hahk,ddlj,gadar and 3 idiots…..wow..
wow. king aamir khan rules.
Wat is aamir wearing… hahaha.. luks weird!!.. 4 the first time kiran rao luks better than aamir.. :p..
Biggest blockbusters of indian cinema worldwide with highest footfalls….
2. Mughal e azam(4.90cr)
4. Mother india(4.60cr)
9. Raja hindustani(3.80cr)
Raja hindustani is bigger hit than 3i,pk,d3 in india …but in overseas 3i,pk,d3 are bigger hitz than raja hindustani………..
Pk rocks….pk dominancy wil b breaked by bhaijaan with dhoom 4
King amir’s pk-700
Actor’s highest grossers on non-holiday
Salman’s Ready: 121 cr
Aamir’s Talaash: 93 cr
Shahrukh’s Mnik: 75 cr
Akshay’s Rowdy rathore: 135 cr
I think this clears all myths about khan stardom.
Akshay>>Salman>Aamir>Shahrukh on non-holiday.
Congrats team pk..
Good films are always appreciated
N china is the fastest emerging market for bollywood films..so indian filmmakers should keep that in mind.
Hope in future shahrukhs films too crosses the 100cr 200cr 300cr mark In Sha Allah.
Afterall itZ India Shining
Aamir’s real aukaat is seen on non-holiday, Talaash. He is holiday dependant actor, like the other two khans, Salman and Shahrukh. Ask him to release Dangal on non-holiday, to see his real aukaat.
Aamir khan is the biggest star with 4 movies and rajkumar hirani is the biggest director with 2 movies…
OMG is much better than PK. But it released on non-holiday. If it released on Christmas, it would had done more business than PK.
now that,s called true success party proud of u Aamir
all are looking nice but imran is looking best he looks like british boy
Sharman is looking pale..is he okay??
He isnt seen in films dese days..even after his successful comeback in 3 idiots n ferrari ki sawaari. Rohit shetty should sign him for the next golmal film
respect to two legend of today’s time in film industry who knows what type of film youth of these generation wants. I bow to these two person
Superb Bash great actors in one place
seems like entire Bollywood came to celebrate pk starring legend aamir
#PK – China – Total till Thu [11 June/21st day/3 weeks]: $ 17.95 million [? 114.91 cr]. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER.
Only #Rajkumar_Hirani & #Aamir_Khan can make this type of movie…… Hat’s off to the whole crew of ‘PK’.
PK is one of my all time favourites! Thanks to Raju-Amir duo for creating history once again!
Funny chinese attire by Aamir.
Of all the pics, the one where Anushka and Amitabh greet each other is the sweetest.
Hope we’ll get a lot of good films like this in the upcoming years….
This is a proud moment for Indians the world over and whole of India with perhaps exception of Paglapur region…!
Not sure Im ready to dance to nanga song but I definitely wont be dancing to lungi dance so towel dance is perfect choice to celebrate PKs success with…