Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero’ (2018) may have been slammed by the critics and flopped at the box office, however the film will reportedly close the show at the Beijing International Film Festival which is running from the 13thto the 20thof April, 2019. The festival is said to open with ‘The Composer’, a forthcoming Chinese-Kazakh co-production.
The decision to programme ‘Zero’ in such a prominent slot highlights the growing success which Indian films are enjoying with Chinese audiences, reports Variety. Directed by Aanand L. Rai, ‘Zero’ released in the back end of 2018, featuring Khan as a person with dwarfism, in a love triangle with a scientist with cerebral palsy, played by Anushka Sharma and a famous actress, played by Katrina Kaif.
Hindustan Times reveals that ‘The Composer’ is the first film to emerge from a co-operation agreement between China and Kazakhstan under Chinese President Xi Jinping’s infrastructure building project, the Belt and Road Initiative. Directed by Kazakhstan’s Xirzat Yahup, it describes the life of a Chinese composer stranded in Almaty in the 1940’s who strikes up a friendship with a Kazakh composer.
The festival line-up includes mix of Hollywood blockbusters, homage to filmmakers, and lesser known projects from countries including Indonesia and India.