Aamir Khan’s PK, the highest grossing Indian film of all time, will get a wide release in China on 3,500 prints through China Film Group and Huaxia. The news was announced in a signing ceremony in Beijing attended by India’s ambassador to China, Ashok Kantha; SAPPRFT vice minister Tong Gang; PK director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Also in attendance were execs from the film’s backers UTV Motion Pictures, as well as from China Film and Huaxi.
PK was released in India December 19 last year and has been a box office sensation at home and abroad. The film, a satirical comedy, finds an alien (Aamir Khan) land in India and travel around the country. Despite, or perhaps because of its success, the film also garnered some protests from Hindu nationalists who accused the filmmaker of mocking some Hindu deities.
PK reunites the filmmaking team behind 3 Idiots, which also was released and performed well in mainland China and Hong Kong on its release there in December 2011. A Chinese-dubbed version was released alongside the original Hindi version, helping make it an unusually big hit in China and surrounding East Asian markets.