Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s latest film, Dangal, has set a new box-office record in China. According to state-owned news portal China Internet Information Center, in just four days after the film’s release, ‘Dangal’ has earned 124 million yuan ($18 million) in ticket sales and become the highest-grossing Indian film in China.
The movie has surpassed the last record set by PK that again had Khan in the lead role. PK had amassed 110 million yuan ($16 million).
Notably, Khan is fondly known as Uncle Khan among Chinese. The veteran star has a crowd of fans in the neighboring country. His film ‘3 Idiots,’ which was screened in China in 2011, also was loved by Chinese millennials. The cultural similarities in Khan’s films have always enticed his fans.
“Just watched Dangal, have to say I laughed and cried a lot, and of course was moved,” reads a comment of a Chinese fan on Khan’s Weibo. “Thank you for always being concerned about social events, rights for girls, medicine, education… [You have] enlightened me in many ways.”