Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero’ is the last movie playing at Beijing film fest

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Co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan greets spectators at the end of the VIVO IPL cricket T20 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Kolkata, India, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Zero” will be the closing film of the Beijing International Film Festival.

The festival, which will run from April 13 to April 20, will open with “The Composer”, a forthcoming Chinese-Kazakh co-production, as its opening title.

The decision to programme “Zero” in such a prominent slot underlines the growing success which Indian films are enjoying with Chinese audiences, reports variety.com.

Directed by Aanand L. Rai, the Hindi language film released in December last year.

It features SRK as a person with dwarfism in a love triangle with a scientist with cerebral palsy (actress Anushka Sharma) and a famous actress (Katrina Kaif).

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“The Composer” is the first movie to emerge from a cooperation 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 1940s who strikes up a friendship with a Kazakh composer.

The line-up is a mix of Hollywood blockbusters (including all five “Jason Bourne” films and all four “Mad Max” titles); homage to filmmakers, including Akira Kurosawa and Alfonso Cuaron (with screenings of “Gravity” and “Children of Men”); and lesser-known works from countries including Indonesia and India.

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