"[Zhu Zhu] is not just a side character. She has a major role."
Reports have confirmed that Chinese actress Zhu Zhu will act as Salman Khan’s heroine in upcoming move Tubelight. The news has created a buzz on social media as it hints towards an improved Indo-Chinese relationship.
The highly-anticipated film’s director Kabir Khan confirmed the news to reporters. He said:
“Yes, Zhu Zhu is going to join Salman to promote Tubelight. What a gorgeous woman and a lovely actor! And what a delight to work with she is. She was such a positive presence on location.”
He also added: “She is not just a side character. She has a major role. She plays a very important part.
“Does she speak Hindi in the film? I leave that for audiences to discover.”
The decision to cast Zhu Zhu as the heroine of Tubelight seemingly marks the creation of an improved relationship between China and India. But it also makes sense in terms of the film’s premise.
Set in Ladakh, during the Sino-Indian war where China and India battled against each other in 1962. The film reportedly features a cross-cultural romance between Salman Khan and Zhu Zhu’s characters.
Peace, Respect, Love and Light in your life from the Tubelight team . pic.twitter.com/BXjkn0Xc9m
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) April 20, 2017
However Jyoti Deshpande, CEO of Eros International, recently made comments which could massively hint that Tubelight will aim to support Indo-Chinese relations.
Eros International owns film studio Trinity Pictures, which will produce the historical drama. He said: “We believe China to be a significant market opportunity for Indian films.
“With Trinity, we want to tell stories that transcend the language barrier and have mainstream appeal. We believe our Indo-China co-productions will be game-changing as we pave the way to open up one of the largest film markets in the world.”
In addition, further rumours have surfaced about future collaborations between Indian and Chinese film industries.
For example, speculation has appeared, claiming either Deepika Padukone or Priyanka Chopra will possibly appear alongside Deng Chao in Siddharth Anand’s film, Love in Beijing.
It appears that both the Indian and Chinese film industries aim to strength not just their collaboration in movies, but also their political and social ties.
Therefore, should Tubelight prove successful in its ambitions, perhaps audiences will witness more Bollywood movies featuring Chinese actors and actresses? Such a thing would surely be fascinating to see.
Here’s hoping Salman Khan and Zhu Zhu achieve great success in Tubelight!