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Bollywood star Aamir Khan delights Belfast crowds

Aamir spoke about his career and the changes the Bollywood industry has seen over the years Credit: Tejinder Kaur/ITV

Film fans were out in force as Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan made his first Northern Ireland appearance, at the Belfast Film Festival last night.

More than a thousand fans travelled from all over for a rare chance to see the multi-talented actor, producer and director outside of India, as he took part in a special "In Conversation" session at the Waterfront Hall with producer, director and author Nasreen Munni Kabir.

Watch the moment he arrived on-stage below.

Khan has been in Bollywood for more than thirty years, racking up memorable roles and films with social messages that have grossed millions. His popularity in China is growing by the day, cementing his status as one of Bollywood's most recognisable names across the world.

Aamir's 2016 sports biopic "Dangal" which means wrestling pit, is showing as part of the festival. It is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema.

Fans rush to the stage for their chance to meet Aamir Credit: Tejinder Kaur/ITV

"There has been a huge change in 30 years, audiences have changed, film makers have changed, the kind of films which Indian cinema makes has changed dramatically."

– Aamir Khan, actor

Aamir visited a Game Of Thrones set before appearing at the Film Festival. His appearance comes as the festival kicks off a new five-year Cultural Diversity in Film project. Fans are hoping his arrival paves the way for more big-name stars from Bollywood and beyond to visit Belfast.

"He gets invited everywhere so it is really exciting to have him here and he is here because of our passion for cinema, our determination to plug Belfast into the world, to use cinema to expand our horizons and also to connect with other cultures through this fantastic language of the movies.

Belfast is a transitioning city, we have new populations, we need to welcome them and we need to share their cultural richness.

"We took Aamir .... to one of the sets of Game Of Thrones, and he immediately got it, we are making big budget entertainment here, but he does that all the time.Bollywood feels very far away but for those of us who love cinema and are in cinema, it is not."

– Festival Chairman Mark Cousins

Fans spoke to us after his appearance - and the Chair of the Belfast Film Festival Mark Cousins reveals how he got such a big name in Bollywood to come to Belfast.