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China Film Festival: Namaste to Indian fans: Jackie Chan

New Delhi: Indian movie buffs have loved his action avatar for years, but Hollywood actor Jackie Chan, who came here for the inauguration of the China Film Festival on Tuesday, showed his jolly side much to the delight of the star-struck audience. He says he is growing old, but it's the audience's love that keeps him going.

"Namaste! Please sit down, sit down," Chan told the over-enthusiastic audience, which stood up and went clickety-click at the packed Siri Fort Auditorium as he took to the stage. He said it was "so exciting" to be here, and he felt "so honoured". "I'm not young anymore, but you all love me. And that is why I do stunts, and risk my life for all you fans," he said as the star of movies like Police Story, Rush Hour and The Myth addressed the audience full of young and old fans.

The Hong Kong-born actor sang in Chinese, but he proved that music knows no language - his song, which he explained was all about "loving your country", regaled his fans. "You may not understand the lyrics, but the music is beautiful," he said. And it was. "Jackie, Jackie! Jackie, Jackie" - the audience cheered on.

The six-day China Film Festival is a joint initiative of the India-China Economic and Cultural Council, India's ministry of information and broadcasting, China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, and the Chinese Embassy in India. Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari was also present at the event for the inauguration. (IANS)

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