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Shah Rukh's Zero to close Beijing International Film Festival


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

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Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Zero (2018) will be the closing film of the Beijing International Film Festival.

The festival, which will run from 13 to 20 April, will open with The Composer (2019), 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 was released in December last year.

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

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 (2013) and Children of Men (2006)); and lesser-known works from countries including Indonesia and India.