More news! This time, just kind of interesting stuff about the growth of the China-India movie trade relationship.
Hrithik’s Going to China!
Kaabil is releasing in China on June 5th, which I think is a great idea! It’s the kind of plot (rape-revenge with a blind people twist) that translates well between cultures. Hrithik looks hot in general, which also translates well between cultures. And most importantly, the Chinese trip should be a nice distraction for Hrithik from the insanity that is his life. (story here)
China is turning into a bit of a double blessing. On the one hand, it is an entirely new market for these movies and the possibility of profit from the Chinese market is well-nigh infinate. And on the other hand, it is an entirely new market for these movie stars, which means they can go and bask in the admiration of fans and give interviews about their movies and not worry about the craziness that has become celebrity in India. So, go you Hrithik! Get that sweet sweet China money, and also get a nice little break and reminder of what it is like to just do your job and not worry about crazed stalkers trying to destroy you.
Unless, of course, Kangana now announces she is going to China. I saw a thing on an internet message, board, and then checked around and confirmed it as best I could, remember Kangana’s sudden ski vacation after Manikarnika? She was coincidentally staying at the resort that Hrithik, and his sons, had just left a few days early. That’s creepy.
Kabir Khan and China Too!
Kabir Khan and lots of people! Or, maybe not. At the Chinese film festival, there were three separate co-productions announced. Only the release dates suggested, and the producers who are supposed to be funding it, and all of that stuff seems just a little bit fuzzy, so whose to say if it will actually happen? (story here)
Kabir Khan’s supposed film sounds fun, an Indian zookeeper travels to China to get a panda, adventures and love and so on follow. If Kabir can line up Chinese support, he will use a Chinese actress and film in China. But that is an “if”. Not that China is being resistant to a co-production, but that things are falling apart and getting put together differently, just like with the planning of any other movie. He had a Chinese producer, but now they may be gone and instead the Chinese side will be handled by a company that has been buying and distributing Indian films. Or maybe not. It is all very very tenuous.
Along the same lines, there is also supposed to be a Sidharth Anand movie called “Jewel Thief” (not a remake of the Dev Anand movie) that will have Chinese funding. Or maybe not. Or maybe that’s just the Chinese title for Bang Bang? And there’s supposed to be a Chinese remake of Tere Zameen Par. Or maybe not.
But forget the content, look at the conversation! China and Indian film industries are working together already in one very important area, PR. These stories all came out at the Chinese film festival at a joint meeting for Indian and Chinese filmmakers. Even if they are all just talk, at least people are collaborating on the talk! And the media is reporting it and getting excited and on and on. That’s cool, and that alone is a significant step forward between the two film industries.