Chinese pop star/actress Zhu Zhu is all set to make her Bollywood debut opposite superstar Salman Khan in director Kabir Khan's film titled Tubelight. The socio-political drama that narrates the story of two siblings is set against the backdrop of the 1962 Sino-India war and filming has already started in the scenic locations of Leh, Ladakh in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
While there were numerous speculations about the leading lady of Khan's next big project – with fans suspecting xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage star Deepika Padukone to play the role – the movie's director decided to cast Zhu Zhu instead.
Especially since the plot involves the 50-year-old actor playing a "mentally deficient" man, who falls in love with a Chinese girl.
Before Tubelight hits theatres on Eid in 2017, here are five fun-facts complied by IBTimes UK about the Chinese star.
1. Zhu Zhu, the pop-star and MTV VJ
Before turning to acting, the 32-year-old actress was a pop-star and a VJ for MTV China. A singing competition in Beijing handed Zhu the opportunity to host shows at the music channel after which she went on to try her luck in movies.
Watch a clip from her MTV show below:
2. She has worked in international movies opposite Russell Crowe
While Bollywood would definitely be an interesting ground for the actress, Zhu Zhu has starred in some international projects such as The Man With The Iron Fists opposite big names such as Russell Crowe and wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista. Other major movies to her credit include What Women Want, Shanghai Calling, and Last Flight. She has also starred in Netflix's Marco Polo.
3. Zhu's grandfather was a general in the People's Liberation Army
Born in a military family in Beijing on 19 July 1984, the Chinese actress's late grandfather, Zhu Xuzhi, was a respected general of the People's Liberation army.
4. The Chinese star is well educated
Before coming into the entertainment industry, Zhu got a degree from the Beijing Technology and Business University. She is a major in Electronics and Information engineering, and in India the actress is taking language lessons in Hindi.
5. The fashionista loves horses
Having featured in major fashion magazines such as Vanity Fair, Variety, and Teen Vogue, Zhu has collaborated with global fashion houses including Stella McCartney, Gucci, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein. Her other passion is horses, and she is known to be a good rider.