Astana, June 9 (newsin.asia): The Chinese President Xi Jinping told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he watched Aamir Khan- starrer sports drama Bollywood film Dangal and liked it.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s summit here in Kazakhstan.
Xi said Dangal is doing well in China and he himself watched it.
Dangal, which was released in China on May 5, has broken several records in the Chinese movie industry. It became only the 33rd film in China to cross a whopping collection of one billion yuan (USD 147 million). It continues to play in over 7,000 screens across China, The Hindustan Times reported.
Dangal has also become the first top-grossing non- Hollywood film in China.
The film is inspired by the real-life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who went against a patriarchal society to train his daughters to become champion wrestlers.
Aamir Khan had recently said he hoped the film would be loved in China but never dreamt of such a spectacular success.
“I always believe that language is not a barrier when it comes to creative endeavours and its success in China has proved that,” Aamir had said.
Jaishankar said both Modi and Xi also deliberated on enhancing cultural cooperation between the two countries. Xi also talked about upcoming Yoga Day celebrations in China.
(The featured picture at the top shows Indian Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi greeting each other warmly at Astana)