Aamir Khan who is in China to promote Thugs of Hindostan was denied permission to promote the movie in the campus. According to reports, the Bollywood star was shifted to a hotel after a Chinese university denied permission to use its campus. The movie starring Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif which released on November 8 in India is scheduled to release in China next week.
The Global Times reported that the fans meet which was scheduled to take place at the Guangdong University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, was cancelled by the university over the failure to seek prior permission to use the campus.
The Chinese media also reported that they weren’t aware of the promotion until Monday. "The message was spread only among a small group of students through social media. The school only knew about it when students talked about the event hours before it was about to take place," the report quoted.
The Weibo account that promotes Khan's films, however, announced that the promotion was "unilaterally" as the "the students were overly enthusiastic".
The sudden cancellation is said to have angered many students as Khan is also widely known as a superstar in China with blockbuster movies such as Dangal. The students also added that they had waited outside the event site for over an hour.
"It is obviously the organiser's fault for not applying to the school to use an on-campus building, net user Swim Xinzhu, a student from GUFE, said. "We have held similar events before and there would be no issue if the organiser had reported in advance," a University's employee stated.
The organiser's deputy manager, a Beijing-based film-promoting company, reported the Weibo post by Khan's film account, saying they were contacting the film crew and the school to figure out what caused the poor communication.
The fan meet was soon relocated to a Four Seasons hotel not far from the campus and ended at around 11 PM on Monday night, the report said.