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Mar 09, 2018 06:10 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

China Falls in Love With Bollywood All Over Again

Popular Indian actor Salman Khan does a scene with child actress Harshaali Malhotra, in “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” a 2015 Bollywood film that was released in China on March 2. The crowd-pleaser has surpassed big ticket Hollywood flicks like “Black Panther” and the Oscar- winning “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” at the Chinese box office. Photo: IC
Popular Indian actor Salman Khan does a scene with child actress Harshaali Malhotra, in “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” a 2015 Bollywood film that was released in China on March 2. The crowd-pleaser has surpassed big ticket Hollywood flicks like “Black Panther” and the Oscar- winning “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” at the Chinese box office. Photo: IC

Asian rivals India and China have started a new romance on the silver screen.

After the run-away success of the sports biopic “Dangal,” or “Let’s Wrestle Dad!,” last year, Chinese audiences and film distributors have embraced Bollywood’s two-hour, song-and-dance filled offerings with a renewed relish.

So, what’s fueling this budding love between India — the world’s largest film producer that churns out about 2,000 movies per year — and China, which is quickly overtaking the U.S. to become the biggest box office in the world?

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