Asian cinema: Bollywood

Five best films of Bollywood star Aamir Khan, about to visit Hong Kong to promote his latest blockbuster

Khan’s new film, Secret Superstar, tells the tale of a young singer who wants to become a star despite all the odds. The Bollywood actor plays a top producer and performer in the movie

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 April, 2018, 9:45am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2018, 10:23am

Bollywood star Aamir Khan will be in Hong Kong next week to promote his latest flick, Secret Superstar, a tale of a young girl who aspires to become a singer against all the odds.

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Khan has a huge following in Hong Kong and China, driven by the success of the 2008 hit 3 Idiots.

These are his five must-see films – the movies that made him a national icon.

3 Idiots

This 2009 Indian coming-of-age comedy-drama was a huge hit when released in Hong Kong 2011. It was also a big hit in Japan, China and other Asian countries.

The story follows two friends searching for their long lost companion, who recall college memories of him as the friend who inspired them to think differently, even as the rest of the world called them “idiots”.

PK

Khan plays an alien who visits Earth on a research mission. He befriends a television journalist and questions religious dogmas and superstitions. PK courted controversy by taking a critical look at religious practices in India, while setting a box office record for an Indian film.

Dangal

Aamir Khan is a knockout in this 2016 sports drama. After failing to win a gold medal for his country, Mahavir Phogat (Khan) vows to reach his dreams by training his daughters for the Commonwealth Games in defiance of societal norms.

Dangal was a big hit in with cinema-goers worldwide (in Hong Kong it took in more than US$1 million in box-office collections in its first six days).

Rang De Basanti

This 2006 drama tells the story of six young Indians who help an Englishwoman film a documentary on the extremist freedom fighters from their past. The movie featured British actress Alice Patten, the daughter of Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong.

Ghajini

This 2008 Indian Hindi-language psychological action thriller was written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss, with a climax that was co-written by Khan.

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Khan plays the main protagonist, Sanjay Singhania, a rich businessman, who suffers from short-term memory loss after a brutal attack.