Indian actors are charismatic: Tyldum
Hollywood filmmaker Mortem Tyldum, who directed the 2014 hit The Imitation Game, says more and more filmmakers in the West want to work with Indian actors because “they are really talented”. Many experts say that Hollywood filmmakers are signing Bollywood actors to tap into the Indian market. However, Tyldum says, “They have worked really hard in Bollywood or Indian cinema. They have a lot of talent, personality and charisma, and that’s the main reason why so many Indian actors are getting to work in big films.” Stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone have made a name for themselves in the West.
The 49-year-old filmmaker, who spoke to us over the phone from Los Angeles to talk about his latest film Passengers, says, “India has such a huge film industry and it’s wonderful to see that unlike many film industries, they don’t follow the American lifestyle or their movies. They have their own stories and they have their own ways of making movies. I think that is something very unique about India and you should be very proud of that.”
Tyldum also says he loves watching Hindi films. “When I was studying filmmaking in school, my roommate was Indian. He used to show me a lot of Bollywood films. There is something about the people and culture over there that you immediately get attracted to. And that reflects in the movies,” he says, adding that he’d love to come to India.
They (Indian actors) have a lot of talent, personality and charisma, and that’s the main reason why so many Indian actors are getting to work in big films MORTEM TYLDUM, FILMMAKER