In­dian ac­tors are charis­matic: Tyl­dum

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

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