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Secret superstar - Secret superstar

2017 Indian-Hindi-speaking musical drama film

Secret superstar is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language musical drama film written and produced by Advait Chandan and by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao under the studio Aamir Khan Productions. The film stars Zaira Wasim, Meher Vij, Raj Arjun and Aamir Khan. The film tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who wants to become a singer, uploads videos to YouTube, while using a niqab to hide her identity and her relationships with her mother, father and mentor. The film deals with social issues such as feminism, gender equality and domestic violence.

The film received overall positive reviews from critics. Wasim won the National Child Award for Outstanding Achievement. Secret superstar received ten nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Chandan, Best Actress for Wasim, and Best Supporting Actor for Khan. It won three Filmfare Awards including Best Actress (Critic) for Wasim, Best Supporting Actress for Vij, and Best Playback Singer (Female) for Meghna Mishra.

Secret superstar became one of the most profitable films of all time, grossing ₹ 965 crore ($ 154 million) worldwide on a limited budget of ₹ 15 crore (US $ 2.1 million), with over 6,000% return on investment (ROI). The film is also the top grossing Indian film with a female protagonist, the top grossing Hindi film in 2017, the fourth highest grossing Indian film worldwide, and the second highest grossing Indian film overseas. In China, it is the fifth highest foreign film of 2018 and the second highest non-English foreign film of all time (after Dangal ).


Insia Malik, a 15-year-old girl, lives in Baroda with her Muslim Gujarati family: her mother Najma, her brother Guddu, her paternal grandmother and her father Farookh, who often beats his wife. Insia is very passionate about singing, but her father is against her dream of becoming a singer. He goes out of town to work and only returns once a week.

Although Insia cannot enter a music competition, Najma gives Insia a laptop, which was the prize. She records a song with a niqab so that Farookh cannot find out who she is, and uploads the video to YouTube under the name 'Secret Superstar'. It becomes an overnight sensation and catches the attention of Shakti Kumar, a talented but sophisticated music director from Mumbai. He asks Insia to record a song, but she refuses because she hears a lot of negative reviews about him. One day she leaves her class test to read a newspaper article about herself. On the roof of her family, Chintan, her friend who has a crush on her, reveals that he knows Insia is the secret superstar. He confesses his love for her, which makes her blush. Due to her bad test rating, Farookh tears all the strings off her guitar.

The next evening, after discovering that Najma sold a precious necklace to buy Insia's laptop, Farookh beats her and tells Insia to throw the laptop away. Insia gets so angry that she snaps the laptop and drops it off the balcony, where it falls and breaks on the street. Najma looks on in shock. After seeing a famous lawyer on TV who won a divorce case against Shakti Kumar, Insia persuades Kumar to schedule a meeting with his ex-wife's lawyer. The lawyer prepares papers for Najma to sign and gives them to Insia. Insia later agrees to record a song in Kumar's studio. After escaping from school with the help of Chintan, she declares her love for him. In Mumbai, she cannot sing a specific party song because she feels that the song is too much like a remix of another song. Insia tells this to Kumar, who reveals that it is a remix. He tells her about the original version, which was released ten years ago. Insia decides to sing the original version, which moves everyone to tears. After singing the song, her fame grows and she is nominated for best singer.

Upon arrival at home, Insia gives her mother's divorce papers to sign, but her mother angrily rejects Insia's request for her parents' divorce. Insia is frustrated and upset with her mother, but later forgives her after her grandmother reveals how Najma struggled to keep Insia alive despite Farookh's efforts to have her abortion. After Farookh was offered the job in Riyadh, Insia is in disbelief when she realizes that her mother knew all along that her father intended to move the entire family to Saudi Arabia. Farookh also announces to Insia that he plans to marry her to his friend's son. Devastated, Insia gives up her dream of singing and deletes her YouTube channel. Farookh confirms her departure on the last day of the Insia exams.

On the last day of school, Insia and Chintan spend their last happy moments together. At the airport, a clerk informs Farookh that he will be charged an additional fee for transporting additional baggage. Farookh looks over the bags and sees Insia's guitar case. Not willing to pay the additional fee, he tells Insia to throw the guitar in the nearest trash can. Farookh then begins to curse Najma. After initially holding back her feelings, Najma finally stands up for herself and protests courageously. She even blocks his attempt to hit her with his own hand. Najma then unwraps the divorce papers, signs them and hands them to Farookh. She then lets him know that there are numerous airport cameras pointing at him and that he better not try to hit her for fear of losing his children, his job in Saudi Arabia, and more. Najma then marches away from the airport with her children in tow, making Farookh scream and punch his fists behind the airport security doors. Najma borrows a stranger's cell phone and asks Insia to contact Kumar. All three end up at the awards ceremony, where Insia was nominated for best singer. Unfortunately, Secret Superstar doesn't win the award. But the winner, Monali Thakur, graciously offers Insia her prize because she believes she deserves it rightly. Thakur then asks Insia to come on stage to receive the award, but Insia just sits stunned in her seat and is still completely covered in her nigab. Kumar stands up and draws attention to Insia's presence in the audience, and Insia is in the spotlight. Insia finally walks up to the stage but stops in the hallway in front of a camera blocking her way and then dramatically removes her headgear to reveal herself to the world in a close-up. Once on stage, Insia dedicates her award to her mother and proclaims her a true "secret superstar", as Najma supported Insia and fought for her even before she was born. Insia then mic drops and runs to hug her mother, who is crying for joy.

The screen disappears with a message dedicated to the movie "Mothers and Motherhood". Shakti later publishes a cheesy party song dedicated to Insia on YouTube.


  • Zaira Wasim as Insia Malik
  • Meher Vij than Najma Malik, Insia's mother
  • Raj Arjun as Farookh Malik, Insia's father
  • Aamir Khan as music director Shakti Kumar
  • Tirth Sharma as Chintan Parekh, Insia's friend and love interest
  • Kabir Sajid as Guddu Malik, Insia's younger brother
  • Farrukh Jaffer as Badi Aapa
  • Mona Ambegaonkar as Sheena Sabawala, the lawyer for Shakti's ex-wife
  • Shamath Mazumdar as recordist Ali
  • Manuj Sharma as Ranjeet Kumar, Shakti Kumar's assistant
  • Nikita Anand Mukherjee as Insias tutor
  • Hard Jha as Insia's friend
  • Saloni Mehta as a teacher
  • Shaan as himself (cameo)
  • Monali Thakur as Herself (Cameo)



Chandan conceived the film in the first season of Aamir Khan's television talk show Satyamev Jayate . While researching the episode on domestic violence, Advait Chandan came across Shanno, a single mother and victim of domestic violence. After her husband passed away, Shanno decided to attend a driving school and become a driver to run her house. This decision was supported by her daughter, who agreed to work as a maid so her mother could learn to drive. Shanno was successful at becoming a driver, and through this she managed to support her house. This story redefined the word hero for Advait Chandan, who says, "It was then that I realized that my idea of ​​a hero was very narrow. Shanno's daughter is the real hero here. The definition of a hero for me and what I wrote about , it totally changed at that moment. "

During the third season of Satyamev Jayate the first episode told the success story of ten-year-old Shubham Jaglan, son of a milkman and the youngest golf champion in India. Shubham announced that he learned 60 percent of the game of golf through YouTube videos. The Shubham story helped Advait Chandan develop his film Secret superstar . Advait says, "I feel like the middle class is really affected by the internet. I never went to film school, but I can sit here and watch a lesson on, for example, Stanley Kubrick's camera movements. The internet strengthens the middle class." Great in a way that really had to be captured on film. That was the basic idea - a mother and daughter in bourgeois small town India who are empowered by this amazing tool that provides a platform for talent. "

In July 2015, it was reported that Aamir Khan would be working with his manager Advait Chandan and music composer AR Rahman on a film that would originally take the title Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai wore . The title of the film was at the end of April 2016 Secret superstar . AR Rahman later retired from the film, citing scheduling conflicts. He was replaced by Amit Trivedi.

Casting and filming

Aamir Khan had Zaira Wasim in at the age of 14 Dangal (2016) occupied. Shortly thereafter, Advait told Khan that he would be a girl of a similar age to star in his film Secret superstar looking, and Khan suggested Wasim. After Advait tested her, he was impressed and cast her in the lead role.

Main photography for the film began on September 1, 2016. The film is being shot in Vadodara and Mumbai.

The film was produced on a limited budget. Most sources give the production budget is ₹ 15 crore (US $ 2.1 million). Rob Cain puts the total production and marketing budget for the film at £ 25 million ($ 3.5 million). Box Office India gives its budget as £ 45 crore (US $ 6.3 million) but it is not known if this includes marketing costs.



Secret superstar was originally supposed to be released on August 4, 2017, but was later postponed to October 19, 2017. The film was released in 1,100 cinemas with 1,800 screens in India and opened on 2,840 screens worldwide. The film made its Indian television debut at Zee Cinema and aired in India from February 24-25, 2018.


The film was released on 73 screens in Taiwan on November 24, 2017, more than Dangal . It was also announced that Secret superstar will be published in Russia on 50 screens. The film was released in Russia on February 8, 2018. In the same month it was announced that the film is scheduled to be released in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. The film had a theatrical release in the Philippines on March 31, 2018. The film was released in Japan on August 9, 2019.


Aamir Khan announced in late October 2017 that he plans to Secret superstar to be released in China in the next month or two. The film was released in China on January 19, 2018. It is the first Indian film to enter a revenue sharing agreement normally reserved for major Hollywood films. Khan's share of Chinese box office revenues to be 25% be , compared to its 12.5% ​​share for Dangal . Secret superstar was published on 11,000 screens in China.

The China premiere of Secret Superstar found on January 16, 2018 in Beijing and was attended by director Advait Chandan, actress Zaira Wasim and singer Meghna Mishra. Khan was unable to attend but planned to visit China shortly after the film was released. Chinese filmmakers like Peter Chan, Tsai Yueh Hsun, Daming Chen and Zhang Jiajia, as well as Chinese actors like the Luu Brothers, also attended the premiere. The film's reception at the premiere was positive, including Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan following it 3 idiots (2009) named his second most popular Indian film, and writer and director Zhang Jiajia, who was impressed with the subject of the film, empowered women to achieve their dreams. Upon release, the film was advertised with a Manhua comic starring Aamir Khan of the same title as the film.

Khan began his China tour on January 22, 2018 and was greeted by movie star Deng Chao upon arrival. He visited Shanghai where he was greeted by a huge crowd of fans. He then visited Beijing, where he attended the Red Carpet for Aamir Khan and Friends event with Chandan and Wasim, then the Sino-Indian Film Forum and the film's press conference. The Sino-Indian Film Forum, hosted by CCTV, was attended by a number of Chinese directors, stars and film critics, including Chinese filmmaker Yu Baimei and Hong Kong filmmaker Stanley Tong, and former Olympic gold medalist Liu Guoliang, with whom Khan played a competitive table tennis match (table tennis ). Khan was also greeted in video messages by actor-singer Huang Bo and other movie stars such as Liu Yifei and Jackie Chan.

Hong Kong

The film was released in Hong Kong on April 12, 2018. On April 15, 2018, Aamir Khan came to Hong Kong for promotions. Khan and Zaira Wasim attended a promotional event starring Hong Kong film star Andy Lau, to whom Chinese media have often compared Khan. Khan and Wasim also attended the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards, where Khan presented actor Louis Koo with the Best Actor Award. On April 16, 2018, Khan attended an event at the University of Hong Kong along with cantopop singer Kay Tse, who later also attended the premiere of the film.


The music for the film was composed by Amit Trivedi, while the lyrics for the film were written by Kausar Munir. The album contains eight tracks, five of which are sung by Meghna Mishra. Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan and Kushal Chokshi each sang a song. The music video for the song "Main Kaun Hoon" was released on August 23, 2017. The full soundtrack album was released on September 21, 2017.

Initially, Aamir Khan turned to AR Rahman to compose music for the film. Prasoon Joshi was hired as a copywriter and thus reunited the trio Rank De Basanti and Ghajini . As soon as production was delayed, Rahman and Prasoon Joshi locked themselves out of the project and spearheaded planning conflicts.

All texts are written by Kausar Munir; All music is composed by Amit Trivedi.

No. title Singer) length
1. "Main Kaun Hoon" Meghna Mishra 03:45
2. "Meri Pyaari Ammi" Meghna Mishra 05:28
3. "Sapne Re" Meghna Mishra 04:10
4. "I'll miss you" Kushal Chokshi 05:12
5. "Nachdi Phira" Meghna Mishra 04:15
6. "Sexy Baliye" Mika Singh 03:13
7. "Gudgudi" Sunidhi Chauhan 04:12
8. "O Re Manwa" Meghna Mishra 03:40
Overall length: 33 : 55

Chinese versions

For the Chinese release of the film, a Mandarin Chinese version of the song "Main Kaun Hoon" was sung by actor-singer Huang Bo. He was previously Aamir Khan's voice actor for the Mandarin Dub of 3 idiots .

A Cantonese version of "Nachdi Phira" was sung by Cantopop star Kay Tse for the film's release in Hong Kong. The Cantonese version of the song is titled "Ko Sing Yue Cho" and was released digitally on April 11, 2018.

Box office

The worldwide gross movie was ₹ 101 crore through October 31, 2017 and then ₹ 150 crore (US $ 21 million) as of January 18, 2018, prior to its China release. Was compared to his limited budget Secret superstar into one of the most profitable films of all time. After the China release on January 19, 2018, it grossed more than ₹ 900 crore (US $ 130 million) worldwide through February 15, 2018 with a budget of ₹ 15 crore (US $ 2.1 million), more than 6,000% Return on Investment (ROI), one of the highest ever. By comparison, only two films at the US box office exceeded the $ 6,000 ROI, Paranormal Activity (2009) and The Gallows (2015).

It is the highest-grossing Hindi film in 2017 and the third highest-grossing Hindi film of all time, just behind Dangal (2016) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015). It is also the fourth highest-ranking Indian film of all time, after only Dangal , Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) after Aamir Khan's own PK (2014) exceeded. With secret superstar Aamir Khan has been the only Indian actor to have four films in the 500-crore club after Dhoom 3 (2013), PK and Dangal (2016) as well as the only Indian actor with three $ 100 million larger PK and Dangal . Secret superstar had sales of £ 965 million (US $ 140 million) worldwide as of February 27, 2018.

Areas Gross income
India £ 90 crore (US $ 13 million) - £ 64 crore net
China $ 124.4 million (863 crore)
Hong Kong HK $ 14 million - US $ 1,786,649 (£ 118 million)
Russia US $ 6,682 (£ 4.4 lakh)
other areas £ 65 crore (US $ 9.1 million)
USA and Canada ₹ 13.89 crore (US $ 1.9 million)
Arab States of the Persian Gulf (GCC) ₹ 9.89 crore (US $ 1.4 million)
Taiwan NT $ 26.2 million - 5.8 crore ($ 900,000)
United Kingdom £ 628,000 - ₹ 5.8 crore (US $ 800,000)
Turkey US $ 468,276 (£ 3.05 crore)
Australia A $ 278,230 - US $ 212,844 (£ 1.5 crore)
Overseas overall £ 940 crore (US $ 130 million)
Worldwide overall 977 crore ($ 154 million)


Secret superstar had sales of £ 48 million ($ 6.7 million) in its first week in India. The film grossed over £ 58 million ($ 8.1 million) at the Indian box office in ten days. As of November 13, 2017, the film grossed ₹ 83 crore (US $ 12.8 million) in India, including a net of ₹ 75 crore (US $ 11 million). The film had sales of £ 89 million ($ 12 million) in India by the end of 2017.

As of January 28, 2018, the domestic gross is ₹ 90 crore (US $ 13 million), including a net ₹ 64 crore (US $ 9.0 million), with kicks of 5.1 million viewers. It was declared a hit at the Indian box office and is domestic along with Tiger Zinda Hai , Golmaal Again , Raees and Badrinath Ki Dulhania one of the five most commercially successful Bollywood films of 2017.


Secret superstar achieved $ 2.8 million in sales for its first weekend overseas. It did well in unconventional markets, reaching the top 4 in Turkey and the top ten in the UK. The gross overseas film for the opening weekend was $ 2,116,565 in the UK, US, Canada, the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, Australia and Pakistan. The film grossed US $ 468,276 in Turkey as of November 19, 2017 Dangal 's performance in Turkey. In the United Kingdom, secret superstar Grossed £ 500,000 (US $ 638,207) through October 30, 2017 and grossed ₹ 5.42 crore (US $ 760,000) as of November 26, 2017. It will also grossed ₹ 13.89 crore (US $ 1.9 million) ) in the United States and Canada as of December 10, 2017 and ₹ 9.89 crore (US $ 1.4 million) in the Arabian States on the Persian Gulf as of November 5, 2017. By November 22, 2017, the film had US $ 6,480,000 (grossed ₹ 42.2 crore overseas).

In Taiwan, where it was released on November 24, 2017, the film grossed $ 285,000 (1.85 crore) in five days, which is 77% of the amount it received Dangal recorded there in the first five days on November 29, 2017. The film entered number three on the Taiwanese box office charts. Seventeen days after publication, secret superstar grossed ₹ 4.6 crore (US $ 640,000) in Taiwan, where it crossed US $ 815,000 (₹ 5.3 crore) by December 19, 2017 raising the film overseas gross to ₹ 49 crore (US $ 6.9 million) . As of January 28, 2018, the gross profit of the film in Taiwan was NT $ 26.2 million, equivalent to 5.8 crore (US $ 900,000). Excluding China, the film grossed £ 65 million ($ 9.1 million) in other overseas territories as of January 28, 2018.

During its opening weekend in China, the overseas gross film reached ₹ 223 crore (US $ 31 million) no later than January 21, 2018. It established Aamir Khan as the only Indian actor with five films crossing US $ 20 million overseas, after 3 idiots (2009), Dhoom 3 (2013), PK (2014) and Dangal (2016). During its opening weekend in China it was Secret superstar the highest-grossing film of the weekend in an international domestic market and the second highest-grossing film overall at the global box office, just behind Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle (in 93 markets)) and before other Hollywood films like Star Wars: The Last Jedi , Insidious: The Last Key and Maze Runner: The Death Cure . On his second weekend stayed Secret superstar Behind Maze Runner and before Jumanji the second highest film at the international box office. As of February 8, 2018, secret superstar grossed US $ 109,230,000 overseas, founding Aamir Khan as the only Indian actor with two US $ 100 million overseas major. It is the top-selling 2017 Indian Overseas Film, The Tiger Zinda Hai and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion and the second highest grossing overseas Indian film of all time, the PK surpasses and only Dangal leaves behind.


In China, the film received US $ 9.9 million (₹ 43 crore) in ticket presales through January 15, 2018. After its release on January 19, 2018 secret superstar at the top of the Chinese box office with a 25.3% market share, followed by Zhang Ziyi Starrer Forever Young with a share of 16%. At the end of its opening day, secret suparstar grossed US $ 7,030,000 (₹ 46 crore), surpassing it Dangal The US $ 2,350,000 opening will be the biggest debut for an Indian film. The film grossed $ 11 million on day two and stayed at the top of the box office. Its initial two day gross in China was US $ 18 million (₹ 117 crore) by January 20, 2018, exceeding the life of the film India gross as well Dangal China's initial two-day gross of ₹ 44.97 crore (US $ 6.3 million).

Secret superstar The opening weekly gross was US $ 29.2 million (₹ 200 crore), after its show number rose from 56,000 screenings on Friday to 63,000 on Sunday. Despite the crowded competition, it was number 1 in the Chinese box office on its opening weekend, including Chinese films such as Forever Young and A Better Tomorrow 2018 as well as Hollywood movies like Ferdinand , Wonder , Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle and Star Wars: The Last Jedi . Secret superstar 's opening weekly gross in China more than doubled its lifetime gross in India. It set and surpassed the record for the highest gross opening weekend for an Indian film in China Dangal. To Dangal it is the second Indian film to hit the Chinese box office in less than a year leading . Secret superstar became also the second highest Indian film in China, the PK surpassed and just behind Dangal stayed behind. Secret superstar The weekend gross in China is also the highest single-area weekend for a 2017 gross Hindi film, surpassing the opening weekend gross of India Tigers Zinda Hai (₹ 175 crore) and the Hindi version of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (£ 128 crore).

In four days, the film grossed $ 33 million (₹ 215 crore) in China. On the fifth day, the daily number of shows rose to over 64,000 screenings and gained a market share of 33.7% at the Chinese box office. In six days, the film grossed $ 43 million, surpassing the lifelong China gross of Star Wars: The Last Jedi . The Gross profit of Secret Superstar in The first week in China was $ 47.1 million (£ 307 million), a record for an Indian film and surpassing gross profit of Avatar (2009) in the first week in China. On its second Friday, the new Hollywood release occupied Maze Runner: The Death Cure the first place before Secret superstar regained first place on Sunday and grossed $ 20 million on the second weekend. It crossed the ₹ 400 crore milestone within nine days and hit Maze Runner the weekly box office went up at $ 41 million, which gave a cume of $ 70 million compared to grossing in ten days through January 28, 2018 Dangal grossed ₹ 417 crore (US $ 58 million) in two weeks. Secret superstar achieved $ 77 million in revenue in 13 days, surpassing Dwayne Johnson-Star's lifelong Chinese revenue Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle to become China's top-selling foreign film in the first quarter of 2018. Scored in two weeks Secret superstar sales of $ 80 million.

On the third weekend, it was again the box office leader for $ 12 million, hitting seven new releases, including Hugh Jackman's lead actor The Greatest Showman , Chinese films up ans end of the world and Boonie Bears: The Big Shrink as well as the Japanese film Miracles of the Namiya General Store . Secret superstar lay again at the top of the weekly chart with $ 26 million, which corresponds to a turnover of $ 96 million, which was brought in in 17 days by February 4, 2018. The film remained at the top of the box office at $ 8.7 million on its fourth weekend and was back at the top of the weekly at $ 19 million at the box office. As of February 18, 2018, gross profits for the film in China were $ 124.4 million (£ 810 million) with an audience of 25 million. It was China's third highest-grossing film in the first quarter of 2018, after just two domestic productions, and one of the 70 highest-grossing films of all time in China. It also surpassed the Japanese anime film Your name and was after Dangal the second highest non-English foreign film in China and after Dangal in China and Crouching third highest non-English foreign film in a market Tiger, hidden dragon (2000) in North America. Secret superstar was also the most successful foreign film in China in the first quarter of 2018, ahead of Hollywood films such as Black panther , Pacific Rim: uprising , Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle , Tomb Raider , Maze Runner: The Death Cure and Star Wars: The Last Jedi .

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, the preview gross movie as of April 5, 2018 was HK $ 1,321,332, equivalent to ₹ 1.09 crore (US $ 150,000). As of April 8, 2018, the movie preview was gross HK $ 2,6666666261, equivalent to ₹ 1.78 crore (US $ 250,000), debuting in fourth place on the weekly box office of previews. On its first day, April 12, 2018, the film grossed HK $ 2,742,482, equivalent to ₹ 2.28 crore (US $ 320,000). On its second day, the movie grossed HK $ 3,247,799, equivalent to ₹ 2.7 crore (US $ 380,000). On its third day, the movie grossed HK $ 4,163,243, equivalent to ₹ 3.46 crore (US $ 490,000).

In four days, the film grossed HK $ 6,059,989, equivalent to ₹ 5.07 crore (US $ 710,000). In ten days, the film grossed HK $ 8,953.60, equivalent to ₹ 7.56 crore (US $ 1.1 million). For 12 days, the film grossed HK $ 9.07 million, or ₹ 7.62 crore (US $ 1.1 million). By its third week, HK grossed $ 11,470,497, equivalent to ₹ 9.75 crore (US $ 1.4 million). By its fourth week, HK grossed $ 12,016,153, equivalent to ₹ 10.23 crore (US $ 1.4 million). In 26 days starting May 6, 2018, the film grossed HKD 12.25 million, which is the equivalent of £ 10.3 million ($ 1.4 million). On September 7, 2018, the film had sales of HKD 14 million, which equates to $ 1,786,649 (£ 118 million).

critical reception

The film has received positive reviews from critics. Has at Rotten Tomatoes Secret superstar an approval rating of 89% based on nine English-language reviews with an average rating of 7.4 out of 10. Mike McCahill of The Guardian rated the film 4 out of 5 stars and praised the film as saying, "This is top notch entertainment, the best imaginable antidote to the toxicity that is currently emerging from western film circles." Meena Iyer from The Times of India rated the film 4 stars out of 5 and said, "If your world revolves around your mother, this is your choice."

Rajeev Masand rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and described it as an "inspiring journey towards empowerment", as an argument for pursuing one's passion against all odds, as evidence of the deep mother-daughter bond and as a convincing portrayal of teenage years. "He praised the performances of the actors with a special mention for the leading actress Zaira Wasim and said:" In a pitch-perfect ensemble, Zaira Wasim stands as Insiya, who shows herself as an old soul trapped in the body of a teenager. Wise beyond her years she is captivating on screen, in the way she seems to sing with her whole being, or in the little moments of disappointment and excitement that are reflected on the canvas that is her expressive face . "

Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV said, Secret superstar "is a bit like an over-enthusiastic child who has given a new bike. It never takes its foot off the pedal. The long film could have done with more restraint. It often seems to be carried away by it." Make sure you don't miss a single trick in the book. "However, he praised the performance of his actors and said," Zaira is an absolute delight - a bundle of miracles! As for the wonderful Meher Vij, one can only ask: where has she been all these years? We hope to see more of her. "On the big screen." He concluded that " Secret superstar despite the bumps along the way is a winner. ". Raja Sen from NDTV gave the film 2.5 stars out of 5 and said," Aamir Khan has a lot of fun in this cute and simple film about a young girl who dares to dream . "

Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times rated the film 3 out of 5 stars. He highlighted the positive aspects of the film and said, "The greatest asset of Secret superstar is Aamir Khan. His comedy is remarkable, despite being slapstick by nature. "Zaira Wasim lives up to expectations and the film has a message" and the negative aspect of the film is also: " Secret superstar has everything you ask for but it's not exceptional storytelling. If there is one thing that can be blamed for this, it is open melodrama. "

Shubhra Gupta by The Indian Express praised the acting performances and the first half of the film, saying: "The greatest strength of Secret superstar is the wonderful Wasim who was also in Dangal. Both Vij as the mother and Arjun as the father are great, “especially the latter who doesn't get it wrong.” But she wasn't impressed with the second half of the film and said, “The second half is slipping. The trust, the story shows at the beginning begins to fluctuate because it contains inventions and predictable curves. " They rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars.

The film was also received critically in China. The Chinese newspaper People's Daily for example, praised the film for "touching the soul". In Hong Kong, Nicola Chan from the South China Morning Post the film with 4 out of 5 stars. She called it a "crowd puller exploring the sacred mother-daughter bond" and praised the performances of Khan, Wasim and Vij. Richard James Havis of the South China Morning Post also rated it 4 out of 5 stars. Calling it "a tough story about domestic violence and women's empowerment", he noted that "India's energetic and permissive cinematic style can offer a new way of telling a story," like the "idea of ​​having insia - which usually doesn't carry one burqa - putting on the garment to disguise herself when she appears on YouTube is very smart in the sense that it is a sensible way for her to solve her anonymity problem. "

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