Aamir Khan’s appeal in two of the world’s major countries not only makes him one of the world’s biggest superstars, but also among the most-recognized faces globally. The recent past has been a testimony of the mass hysteria Aamir Khan and his work generates not just in India but all over the world, too. The actor is not just a superstar in India but also in China. With populations of 1.4 billion and 1.35 billion in China and India respectively, Aamir is undoubtedly one-of-the-biggest superstars in the world.
The record-shattering earnings that his last three outings – PK, Dangal, and Secret Superstar – made, put them straight into the list of the top five highest grossing Indian films worldwide. While Dangal earned a whopping Rs. 1908 crore globally, Secret Superstar minted Rs. 965 crore, and PK folded at a whopping Rs. 854 crore, and a major chunk of these collections came from China. Aamir has now emerged as the most-watched non-Chinese actor in China, which is further proof of his stardom in the neighboring nation.
Speaking about the tremendous love he’s garnered in the adjacent nations of India and China, Aamir said, “My popularity in China happened by accident. Not many people know that it all started with 3 Idiots (2009), which reached Chinese homes through piracy. I guess, they really related with the subject of the education system. Then they followed my work, including PK, and even the TV show Satyamev Jayate. When Dangal released in China, they already knew me and my work. Also, the reason why the films (PK, Dangal, and Secret Superstar) did such business in China is the sheer number of screens. In India, we have around 5000 theatres, while in China there are 45,000 theatres, even though there isn’t as much difference in the population of the two countries (approx. 1.35 billion in India and 1.4 billion in China). I play a cameo in Secret Superstar, even then the film was released by the exhibitors in 11,000 theatres in China. Just imagine the scale.”
Through his work Aamir Khan has brought India and China together, binding them with a common thread formed by cinematic entertainment. Over the years, he has been the only Indian actor to have received tremendous love and appreciation for his films in China. The actor has made it possible to resonate with the mindset of both nations, which is a rare phenomenon. With the love, acclaim, and adulation from two of the most-populated countries in the world, Aamir Khan enjoys a massive fandom, accounting for nearly half of the World’s population, thus making him a global icon.