Dhaakad Chi­nese have a gift for Aamir Khan

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Aditya Do­gra aditya.do­gra@htlive.com ■

If the roar­ing suc­cess of Aamir Khan’s Dan­gal in China — the film has made more than `1,000 crore there — wasn’t proof enough of how much the Chi­nese love the Bol­ly­wood star’s lat­est film, here is some more proof: a video made by Aamir’s Chi­nese fan club on the hit song Dhaakad from Dan­gal.

The video, up­loaded by Aamir Khan FC China, hit the In­ter­net on July 5 and crossed 2,50,000 views within days of be­ing up­loaded. It shows groups of Chi­nese su­per­fans danc­ing to Dhaakad.

We chat­ted with Wen­jing Zhang aka Viki from the fan club, who ex­plained that it was made as a gift for Aamir Khan. “Aamirji’s PK (2014) grossed over 100 crore [ru­pees] in China, so we were ex­pect­ing Dan­gal to earn dou­ble. But the movie made 1,300 crore here. We were re­ally ex­cited as fans and de­cided to make a gift or a me­mento for him. And, that is how we came up with the idea of a video,” says Viki.

She adds that the por­trayal of fam­ily bonds in Dan­gal made the movie so re­lat­able — Aamir’s ‘hanikarak bapu’ in Dan­gal is a bit like the ‘tiger moms’ of China, but as the Dan­gal girls see later, the Chi­nese also find that a par­ent knows best, af­ter all.

Viki adds, “We chose the song Dhaakad, be­cause Aamirji has sung it (in his own video ver­sion, not seen in the film), and he is re­ally cool in the movie, too.” For the fan video, Viki says, “Five teams from Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Xi’an shot in­di­vid­ual videos, which were later com­piled into one by me. The teams from Bei­jing, Shang­hai, and Chengdu had met Aamir sir, when he came for [film] pro­mo­tions.” The video was shot at ma­jor Chi­nese land­marks.

Viki’s “dream come true” mo­ment was meet­ing Aamir in per­son. She found him to be “a great hu­man be­ing”.

Screen­shot of the video (above), based on Dan­gal (still, right)

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