Anand L Rai feels overwhelmed, says Zero was special as it screens at Beijing International Film Festival

Anand L Rai

The blasting talent trio, King Khan, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif starrer Zero, although it did not fare well on the box office, the movie has been chosen to screen in the closing ceremony of the Beijing International Film Festival. The movie which was made under the brilliant direction of Anand L Rai, said in a statement, “I’m so happy that Zero has been selected as the closing film at the Beijing International Film Festival.”, he added, “The film is very special to us and this news is very encouraging. I hope the audience there enjoys the film.”


The movie which was raked down by the critics as yet another romantic drama with the special effects that portrayed Shah Rukh Khan’s dwarfism did not do well in the Indian cinema and failed to win the audience’s hearts. The movie which features a love triangle among an infamous dwarf, a NASA scientist suffering from cerebral palsy and a famous yet nasty actress. Although the actors were appreciated for their performances, the story of the movie wore the excitement and grip of the movie on the audience down. Anand L Rai, who has previously been critically applauded for his direction in Raanjhanaa, a Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush romantic comedy, still feels Zero to be close to his heart and is looking forward for the movie’s screening at the Beijing International Film Festival. 


While the festival will run from 13 April to 20 April, Shah Rukh Khan will also be entertaining a dialogue segment, bridging Chinese and Indian cinematic relations. Although movies like Sultan, PK, AndhaDhun, absolutely rocked the Chinese Cinema and even entered into the golden club of 100 crore, Zero being the closing movie at the festival reflects how well the Chinese audience is showering their love on the Indian Cinema.

Alongside Zero, Hollywood blockbusters including all five ‘Jason Bourne’ movies and ‘Mad Max’ titles will run during the period of the festival. The festival will also pay its respects to filmmakers, Akira Kurosawa and Alfonso Cuaron involving the screenings of ‘Gravity’ and ‘Children of Men.’


The Beijing International Film Festival is revered around the world and with the Indian Cinema increasingly finding its place at International Festivals, it is proving how Bollywood is leaving an indelible impression on the foreign soil and foreigners alike.

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