Chinese Box Office's love affair with Aamir Khan. First Dangal, now Secret Superstar

Dangal earned Rs 1,200 crore, Secret Superstar is currently on Rs 750 crore. Will it surpass Aamir Khan's previous production?

Aamir Khan and Zaira Wasim’s Secret Superstar that released on January 18 this year in China is minting enormous profits. In less than four weeks the movie has grossed over Rs 750 crore. Last year, China received Aamir’s Dangal with open arms, with the movie collecting about Rs 1,200 crore at the Chinese box office. Film critic Taran Adarsh tweeted the news:


Secret Superstar is the story Zaira Wasim as Insia, a young girl who wants to become a professional singer, but struggles against an authoritarian, abusive father. It is also the story of a desi woman, raised and bred in a sociaty that taught her to adjust, and to accept a husband who is emotionally and physically abusive. Secret Superstar is a liberating tale of two women finding their feet in a world that teaches them dependency. The movie stars Meher Vij and Raj Arun as Zaira’s parents, and has Aamir Khan in a guest appearance as a music director.

Chinese film analyst, Gavin Feng posted a tweet saying “China Box Office: Secret Superstar become the 1st ¥700M plus import movie in 2018. It seems that no one could threaten its position of (sic) the best selling import in 2018 before Pacific Rim 2”.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim was declared a hit in China when it arrived in the theatres in 2013, and its sequel Pacific Rim 2 or Pacific Rim Uprising is one of the most anticipated international movies of 2018 in China.


In all, five movies of Aamir Khan have released in China: PK (Rs 100 crore), Dhoom 3 (Rs 19 crore) and  3 Idiots (Rs 14 crore) being the other two, with which Aamir established a massive fan following in the country. Aamir Khan is busy shooting for his upcoming movie, Thugs of Hindostan which co-stars Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh.

Following the success of Aamir Khan’s movies, Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan is all set to be screened across 8,000 theatres in China on March 2.