Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Kal Penn: Hollywood is teeming with Indian faces
And if we go by what Shekhar Kapur says, the next Spider-Man could well be Asian
The fierce love-hate debates about Rockstar last week drowned out a milestone. On 11.11.11, an approximately US$130 million Hollywood movie directed by an Indian and starring an Indian actress in the lead role was released. Immortals, a fantasy about gods, mortals and mythical creatures, is directed by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar (a graduate of Bishop Cotton School and Hans Raj College) and features Mumbai gal Freida Pinto as the virgin oracle Phaedra. Sadly, the film was a clunker—American critic Roger Ebert started his review with the line, ‘Immortals is without doubt the best-looking awful movie you will ever see.’ But it underlined an important fact: Indians are finally arriving in Hollywood. Click here to read more
Freida Pinto on ‘Immortals’, Hollywood and Bollywood
The Slumdog Millionaire actor speaks about being a woman in showbiz, and about her films and directors
She plays a priestess with the power to see the future in Hollywood film Immortals and actor Freida Pinto says if she actually gets such powers, she would like to increase the longevity of her career as women don’t have a shelf life in filmdom. “If I had Phaedra’s powers and if I could look into the future, I think I would want longevity in my career. I say from the point of view that women as such do not have greater shelf life in this industry,” Freida said. However, there are a few exceptions, she says. “Some of them defy all odds like Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep, who can do exactly what a 20-year-old can do. So I think I would wish for that,” she added.
Directed by Tarsem Singh, the film Immortals starring Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke and Luke Evans is an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny, and the actor is all praise for the director. “What is unique about this film is it is completely Tarsem’s take. He never puts you in a box tight room and wants you to repeat his vision word to word. He not only wants you to understand his vision but also bring in your own take to the film,” said Freida, who rose to fame with Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Click here to read more