He may not be up there yet with Hollywood actors Tom Cruise or Vin Diesel, and he’s no threat at the moment to the status of China’s Huang Bo or Fan Bingbing. But as far as non-Hollywood foreign stars in China go, he’s right at the top of the heap.
The record-setting PRC release of his Bollywood satirical comedy PK has now cemented Aamir Khan’s standing as the highest grossing foreign star of non-English language films in China. As of this past weekend PK owns the record for the most successful Indian film in Chinese history, and if it can continue to perform well for another week or so it could even become the mainland’s highest grossing non-English language foreign film ever.
Lest that seem like only a modest achievement, consider this: for his next film Khan is paired with no less a Chinese luminary than mega-star Jackie Chan in a China-India co-production film that’s scheduled to release in 2016.
Khan’s trajectory as a box office magnet in China began in 2011 with the release of his hugely successful buddy comedy 3 Idiots. While it grossed only a modest $2 million in theaters, the film found great popularity on TV and online and made Khan a household name. His next film to be released there, Dhoom 3, earned 56 percent more than 3 Idiots, and now PK looks set to more than triple the revenue that Dhoom 3 took in.
SUNNY LEONE IS UPSET
Sunny Leone is no stranger to gossip. However a story that leaked last week that she was evicted from Celina Jaitley’s house in Mumbai has her irate. The story claimed that Sunny was asked to leave because she was a messy tenant and is now struggling in hotels as she finds alternative accommodation.
Sunny rubbished it all in a post saying, "We don't comment on garbage news that people put out. Everyone knows we live in a Juhu flat for the past year. It's a beautiful flat. We moved out one year back when our lease ended."
Sunny became a popular face in the Hindi film industry after her debut film Jism 2 and went on to do films like Ek Paheli Leela andKuch Kuch Locha Hai. She will be next seen in Mastizaade.
After reality show, former Miss India set for her Bollywood debut
After showcasing her athletic side in the reality show Zor Ka Jhatka — Total WipeOut hosted by Shah Rukh Khan, former Miss India Priyanka Shah is all set for her acting debut with the Hindi film I Love Desi. Releasing May 29, the film is a family drama in which Priyanka plays the role of a hoity-toity Punjabi NRI, who learns the value of her culture after getting married to an Indian.
The nuances of the spoilt yet sophisticated NRI came easy to her, says Priyanka, thanks to her background in fashion. An engineer in electronics and telecommunication from Pune, Priyanka was already dabbling in modelling when she decided to participate in Miss India in 2007, where she was placed in the top 10. Following that, she won the Miss Tourism 2007 international pageant and since then has modelled for some of the most well-renowned fashion designers and choreographers.
Talking about the film, Priyanka says, "I was apprehensive about the film initially as it stars a newcomer and has a relatively new team. I usually never end up doing films I want to, but this worked out well. For instance, I was called for look tests for Chak De but it didn't work out since I was a student. This movie came in an unexpected way. The makers didn't even disclose the script to me till they had signed me."
BHAI AND SLY TO COME TOGETHER?
Salman Khan, fondly known as Bhai (brother) in the film industry might soon be off to Hollywood to star with Sylvester Stallone in the upcoming Expendables. It all started on Twitter when Salman tweeted to his fans that if there’s anyone worthy of following from ‘the outside’, it would have to be Sylvester Stallone, your hero’s hero.
Of course, Salman’s fans are a pretty obedient bunch of people and must have followed Sly by the masses who was quite taken aback with Sallu’s fan following and tweeted this:
“Salman, I am very impressed with your many devoted fans. To make a great Action film Sucessful takes MANY great fans who support you, Sly...Mabye the New EXPENDABLES.”
Whoa! Looks like we’re in for a treat!
DID YOU KNOW:
AKSHAY KUMAR’S LOVE FOR MANGOES:
Akshay Kumar loves to gorge on the fattening fruit Mango and loves home made Punjabi food and Thai cuisine. However the actor very well knows how to maintain a great physique and is a fitness freak.