Aamir Khan’s Taree Zameen Par, in which the actor played an art teacher of a dyslexic kid Ishaan Awasthi, played by Darsheel Safari, is slated to be remade in Chinese. Khan made his directorial debut with this film in 2007.
Taare Zameen Par was among the nine Indian films to be screened with English subtitles in China to mark the 60th anniversary of Indo-China diplomatic ties in 2010. According to reports, the film has not been officially released in China despite being one of the highest rated foreign films on a popular Chinese film site, Douban. It is also among the most pirated films playing in China.
Aamir Khan’s other films like PK, Dangal and Secret Superstar were loved by Chinese audiences. There was an attempt to release the film in China with Mandarin subtitles like the other films. But China does not permit release of foreign films that are older than two years and so that could not be done. Since Taare Zameen Par rides on universal emotions, the decision of remaking it with a Chinese star cast was taken recently. The remake will be produced by a local banner and will be directed by Ma Duo, who has previously worked as an assistant director on the Jiang Wen classic, Let The Bullets Fly.