BEIJING: In the otherwise adversarial relationship between India and China, movies promise to come to the rescue. Following conversations between President Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi, the two countries have agreed to co-produce three films together.
‘Lost in India’, a prospective film came about after Xi told Modi that a 2012 Chinese blockbuster, ‘Lost in Thailand’, resulted in a burst of Chinese tourists to Thailand. (Modi could have told him about ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and Indian tourists flocking to Spain). ‘Lost in Thailand’ was a Chinese slapstick low-budget comedy which tickled every funny bone among Chinese viewers and even overtook ‘Titanic’ in box office collections.
Bollywood, which also specializes in an Indian version of slapstick stuff, will have to take up the challenge of making ‘Lost in India’ funny to both Indians and Chinese. It’s not easy, but if Bollywood can crack this, it might get an entry into the world’s largest movie market.
Two other films will be co-produced — one a feature film on Xuanzang (Hiuen Tsang), and another on yoga. Yoga is kosher in China, and after the high level endorsement along with tai-chi at the Temple of Heaven, the Chinese will enthusiastically celebrate World Yoga Day on June 21 with over a dozen programmes across the country.
This year was the first time China purchased four Indian films. China buys 34 foreign films every year, most of them Hollywood blockbusters. Indian films barely get in edgeways. But the summit proved to be a good reason to do so. Aamir Khan, whose ‘3 Idiots’ was a runaway hit in China, sold two of his big films to the Chinese market this year. ‘PK’ was a massive success, showing in over 4,600 screens across China and pulling in big bucks. It’s important to remember that while ‘3 Idiots’ was a hit, it never showed in movie theatres, but only on the DVD circuit.
Rajinder Kaka (Location)
this is good china is very lucretive market for bollywood.
Anon Anon (Unknown)
Business minds at work
Aam Aadmi (India)
Is it the right move? Allowing Chinese to piggyback on India’s goodwill and on Bollywood’s popularity? This could make Chinese more acceptable even among the diaspora. Don’t forget how they truncated the entire Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal from their map during Modi’s last visit. We should not be their PR agent. Border first, everything else after that.
A good move hope it works increases out cultural bonding… More important as probably we wud be the first ones to do it…..
Dina Nath Prasad (Bagaha)
It remains to be seen whether the Chinese succumb.
Sainath Kalpathy (Hyderabad)
exchange of a movie charm ? to simplification of a complicated relationship ? we think that we shall stop divorce proceedings because todays morning TEA was brilliant ? sounds make belief !
Make it real.
nan ksn (Unknown)
We have too many ” K ” s in Bollywood and hope some will migrate to China for saving Bollywood..
Don’t forget India- China were bhai-bhai before the war. China is not trustworthy.
cultural exchanges are always good
Sheep inwolvesclothes (Conoor)
Chinese humour is normally derogatory to other cultures
looking forward to sew Lost in India
I hope the movie makers don’t get lost themselves en route to making movie