The past five days may have been frenetic for Aamir Khan, but he is not complaining. The superstar is on a whirlwind tour across China, promoting Secret Superstar. When he is not reaching out to his fans or attending press conferences, Khan has been taking in all that China has to offer - from trying out their delicacy to playing a round of table tennis.
Turns out, during his Shanghai visit on Monday, the superstar set out to taste authentic Chinese cuisine with his good friend, Chinese actor-director Deng Chao. A source in the know reveals that Chao made him try a special Chinese dish called Century Egg. "As Aamir was about to pop one into his mouth, Deng warned him that a recent CNN poll rated it as one of the world's most horrible foods. However, Aamir enjoyed the dish," says the source.
Another event in Shanghai saw the actor match his table tennis skills with Liu Guoliang. The Olympic gold medallist gifted an autographed racquet to Khan, who reciprocated by gifting him a guitar.
With the Zaira Wasim-starrer marking Khan's fourth film to release in China, he has built a steady audience in the neighbouring country - fans have given him the moniker 'Uncle Aamir'. The source adds, "There was a special event organised for Aamir. Since Jackie Chan couldn't attend it, he sent across a video message, welcoming Aamir back to the country." Talking about Secret Superstar's success in China, Khan said, "I'm happy to see the way the film resonated with the youth of China."
China got a taste of Aamir Khan's box-office pull as Secret Superstar earned R265 crore in less than a week of its release. With this, the Chinese collections have surpassed the lifetime earnings in India of R64 crore. The film that hit screens in China on January 19 raked in Rs 174 crore over the first weekend, besting Dangal's opening weekend collection of Rs 80 crore.