Today, Saturday, is the first day after the Lantern Festival. Originally, I wanted to watch the movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan in the Lantern Festival, but my roommates said that they wanted to watch Peter Rabbit, so I had to go with them. But I am not an easy man to give up. So, I went to the theater alone to watch the movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and it was definitely worthy of money on the ticket and the time I spent.
A U-shaped boardroom table and the sight of an angry Chinese man swearing could have been the last things Australian apartment marketing executive Bob saw as a free man one bitterly cold morning in Shanghai, in February 2016.
They greet each other with an affectionatebear hug whenever they meet —a gesture which demonstrates the strong bond these two men feel towards each other.
It’s an Indian movie which was on in 2015. It has not been brought in until today. The 140 minutes (China version) in the movie is rich and interesting. In the movie a 6 years old little Pakistan dumb girl was separated from her mother in India, Delhi. Fortunately, she met a kind, warm-heart and honest man named Pawan. After realizing she lost her parents, he then brought her to his house, and made a swear that he would help her find her home and mother. At first, he had no clues at all. He originally thought that the girl is an Indian and she believed in Hinduism. But after he was shocked that the girl likes eating chicken and could pray as a Muslim, he realized she was actually a Muslim. While he was struggling that his uncle might drive her out of the door because of her faith, a weirder thing happened. At the time when Pakistan beat India in a cricket game, she stood up and applauded happily to everyone’s surprised. The man finally understood that she was a Pakistani. He had to send her to her Pakistani home, but he was India Hinduism, while Pakistanis believe in Islam, not to mention the bad relationship between Indians and Pakistanis. At first, he requested a travel agent to send the girl to Pakistan. But he found that the agent actually wanted to sell the girl as a prostitute. So furious was him that he gave everyone in the hotel a lesson full of blood. Realized that the girl can’t be back home without him. He decided to send her home by himself. It’s not an easy thing. Although Pawan and the girl got through the border between India and Pakistan with the help of an Indian local, Pawan’s honesty as a Hinduism still brought him a lot of troubles. Luckily, he affected a Pakistani news reporter who originally wanted to tail him after he escaped from the police station, where the police regard him as an Indian spy, with the girl. The kind reporter decided to be with the man and the girl until they found out the girl’s home. On the seeking travel, with the help of the reporter, the group overcame all the difficulties in the way, and finally found the girl’s hometown. However, as they were in the bus to the girl’s village, the police came. In such an emergent situation, Pawan came up with an idea—the reporter took the girl to the village, and Pawan was to lead the police away. Finally, the girl was back her home, but Pawan was shot and then prisoned. In order to save him out the reporter upload the video he had recorded in the way and appealed people in both country to help Pawan. They gathered to the border and broke locked gate to India, Pawan was finally able to return home. As Pawan almost got in the India, the girl, Shahida, rushed out of the crowd, with a strong desire, amazingly she broke out her first word----Bajrangi Bhaijaan. The surprised Pawan returned immediately and held up the girl to the sky. This is the end of the whole movie.
In hushed whispers, the angry man told his subordinate that Chinese secret police were going to turn up at Bob’s hotel room that night and detain him without reason. But that didn’t happen and Bob has his Chinese lawyer to thank for his safe return to Melbourne.
The varieties of scenarios made me fix my eyes on the screen during the entire movie time. Sometimes moved, sometimes laugh, sometimes happy, sometimes sad. I think the most shining actor is the girl. (The chief actor Salman Khan is also good.) Though she didn’t say a single word during the movie except the end, her acting skills were really wonderful. Her facial expression was so vivid that especially when she raised her hand to express ”yes!”, it seemed that my world become brighter! The singing and dancing parts are always a shining feature in Indian movies and in this movie, I like them very much. They showed us the fascinating exotic customs and brought us joys.
Bob, who has agreed to tell his story to BOSS under the condition of anonymity, says his relationship with his Chinese developer business partner, Chen, soured for reasons he did not know at the time. The developer was about to call on his government connections to have Bob locked up.
To the casual observer, Peter Woolf and Will Riley, both 55, are devoted old pals. But the course of their unorthodoxten-year friendship makes for intriguing —and shocking —reading.
Love is beyond borders, races, faiths, and nationalities. This is what the movie wanted to tell us. Obviously, the ending of the movie is easy to be guessed. But it didn’t prevent me from wetting my orbit. In fact, a girl behind me even sobbed aloud in the theater at the end. It was the pure and great love between them which moved me. I have to say that if a movie can affect you despite the fact that you know what the movie will do, it must be a marvelous movie.
Fortunately for Bob, his lawyer, Wong, who was sitting in on the meeting, overheard the whispered plot. He immediately turned to Bob and said: “This meeting is finished.”
I sincerely appreciate it that the mainland can bring in Bajrangi
Bhaijaan 3 years after the movie was firstly released in India, or I
would not meet such an excellent movie.
Before the men ever had a proper conversation, they had a serious physical fight. Peter hit Will over the head with a heavy griddle, then they both rolled down the stairs of Will’s North London home before Peter hit him again with a terracottapot.
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Bob's developer partner was building apartment towers for expatriates. Having run into tax trouble, the developer couldn't sell the units so decided to lease them to expatriates instead, Joshua Butler
The next 16 hours were a blur for Bob. He had his hotel room ransacked, he booked a last-minute flight home and the last thing he ever said in China was, “Shut the door!” to a Qantas steward as he boarded the plane.
Will was stunned and bleeding from the back of the head, but he refused to give in to Peter —a desperate heroin addict with a 30-year habit who had broken into Will’s home to steal whatever valuables he could then sell to buy drugs.
Bob, a small businessman, was eager to tap into the big opportunities the huge Chinese market offered him, and to grow his business far more than he could in Australia.
But doing business in China doesn’t come with a how-to manual, other than the basics. The vast cultural differences between Australia and China have resulted in detentions and arrests in China, where business and government connections often collude.
It was March 2002 and 5pm when Peter forced the front door of Will’s five-storey Georgian home in Islington. Will, a fit, 6ft 5in ex-banker who now runs his own ice-cream business, was working on the first floor, oblivious to the intrusion.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, there were 101 cases involving Australians arrested on criminal charges or detained for immigration purposes in mainland China in 2016-17, up from 92 cases the previous year.
Rio Tinto’s Stern Hu, Sydney-based academic Professor Chongyi Feng and Crown Resorts’ employees were some of the notable detentions of Australians in China in recent years. But there were other small businesspeople who were also detained, such as Sydney-based Charlotte Chou, who was kept in detention without trial for six-and-a-half years.
When Will walked into his bedroom to get his gym kit, he was stunned to find a dishevelled, 6ft tall, unpleasant-smelling man in front of him.
Bob was one of the lucky few. “I don’t think I will ever work in China again,” he says. “I don’t think anyone in my position as a small to medium enterprise should work there. I feel very sad. I knew the Chinese, they have always been in my life. I thought their thousands of years of culture meant they had a values system. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
“No one told me it was a one-way relationship. You are not their equal – it doesn’t matter who you are or what rank you hold.”
‘I asked him what he was doing in my house, and he said he was a neighbour who’d heard a noise and was worried,’ says Will. ‘I was sure he was a thief, so as he went to push past me, I grabbed him and pushed him to the floor.
Attractive joint venture offer
Bob went to China in 2014 on a study tour where he met Shanghai developer Chen, who was building apartment towers for expatriates. Having run into tax trouble, Chen couldn’t sell the units, so decided to lease them to expatriates instead, Bob says.
‘I managed to get him downstairs and out into the street after pulling his jacket down to trap his arms like I’d seen in the TV police series, The Sweeney. I was shouting “Thief! Thief”. Someone had heard me shouting and called the police, who arrived within minutes. Some passersby helped me restrainPeter, who by then had stopped fighting.’
"Every time I got to a benchmark, he would want something more. And he kept wanting to see my plans ... He was trying to collect intelligence from me," Bob says. Louie Douvis
The well-connected developer had come from rural China but had amassed a fortune through global property acquisitions. He proposed a joint venture with Bob. In it, Bob would design and roll out the leasing program and take a cut of the rental revenue.
The police bundled Peter —a serial offender out on parole for burglary—into the back of their van. He subsequently pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, and began a three-year sentence in London’s Pentonville Prison.
Bob saw an opportunity – the apartments were on a large, 10-hectare site and he expected to make a good return of about $20 million over five years.
He paid two lawyers, one in Shanghai and one in Melbourne, to draw up a contract with his new partner, whose part of the bargain was to pay instalments of $250,000 every two months to Bob’s company, up to $1 million, for the leasing program. The payments were due to start in mid-2015. The contract also included a clause stating Bob would get $500,000 if the developer dissolved the partnership without reason.