When music maestro AR Rahman stated that his filmography in Bollywood is sparse as a result of of a gang spreading rumours about him, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur identified that an Oscar “is the kiss of death in Bollywood”. This declare was later supported by Oscar profitable sound engineer Resul Pookutty, who shared how he had gone by way of close to breakdown as “nobody was giving me work in Hindi films” and regional cinema held me tight after he received the Oscar. So, is international acclaim actually a death knell for a abilities profession in Bollywood?
Dear @shekharkapur ask me about it, I had gone by way of close to breakdown as no person was giving me work in Hindi movies and regional cinema held me tight after I received the Oscar… There had been manufacturing homes informed me at my face “we don’t need you” however nonetheless I like my trade,for it…. https://t.co/j5CMNWDqqr
— resul pookutty (@resulp) July 26, 2020
Nimrat Kaur, who has starred in international reveals reminiscent of Homeland and Wayward Pines, feels that it undoubtedly are misconceptions about actors who’re working in the West.
“Sometimes people shy away from bringing something to me because they think they can decide things for me. They may think that now she worked in Homeland, so why will she do this? But that does not matter to me. I am always looking forward and look at what are you are going to do next. I wish that it does not happen the way it does but I know that it happens and I am very aware of it. In my case, I have to tell people that here I am for a film to do here and I don’t live in LA… I have to clear those perceptions,” she shares.
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) July 28, 2020
Adil Hussain, the winner of the very best actor award on the Norwegian National Awards again in 2018 for What Will People Say, has achieved international movies reminiscent of Life of Pi, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012) and was additionally a visitor star on the most recent third season of Star Trek: Discovery.
He says, “The only thought which comes to my mind is it could be that ‘oh now these people are of a different league and they don’t want to work with us’ Or they may they think such people are too expensive or too arrogant. May be those kind of thoughts may occur in people’s minds.”
— Adil hussain (@_AdilHussain) July 28, 2020
However, he provides, that he has no such expertise to share, until now. “Nobody has told me that since you are doing an international film, will you be ever interested in an Indian film. I work in films of all languages in India.”
While filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri doesn’t wish to delve into the assertion made by Kapur and Pookutty, he does consider that there’s certainly a tradition of isolation.
“Anupam Kher went to Hollywood and he does not get much work here anymore, the reasons are best known to these Bollywood filmmakers,” he opines.
But filmmaker Rima Das, whose movie Village Rockstars was India’s official entry for the Oscars, 2018 in the Best Foreign Language Film Category official entry, moreover having achieved international acclaim along with her movies, begs to vary. “My journey is very different. I made self-produced films and haven’t worked with studios yet so can’t really say whether international acclaim hampers your chances in India. In fact, after the international acclaim people started paying more attention to my films and it opened new windows in terms of marketing and distribution,” she shares.
Many have even contested that mediocrity will at all times be threatened and intimidated by brilliance and that’s the reason many who work in the west, not get the type of roles they used to in Bollywood.
Trade analyst Atul Mohan feels that is relatively unfounded and he doesn’t agree with Kapur.
“Intentional recognition can never bring any kind of hurdles to one’s profile in India. That is not the case and anyway how many of international awards or recognition do we even manage to get. Don’t forget how well Irrfan was doing, in both India and abroad,” Mohan sums up.
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