Bollywood movie ‘Awaara’ had huge impact on Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, still sings title track at times

Zhangke is in Mumbai for the 18th edition of the famous MAMI festival

Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. Wikimedia

Mumbai, October 21, 2016: Renowned Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke says that the movie ‘Awara’ by actor-director Raj Kapoor, made such a huge impact on him that he likes it greatly and still sings the title track at times.

“When I was young I had seen ‘Awaara’ and the film had a great impact on me. Till date, I remember that film. Throughout the day I was singing ‘Awaara Hoon’ song as I am in India,” Zhangke stated in an interview to PTI.

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The director further added, “The film showed equality and it’s good. This film made us think that we all are equal. The respect towards the poor people made me think (about such people).”

Bollywood Actor-director Raj Kapoor. Wikimedia commons
Bollywood Actor-director Raj Kapoor. Wikimedia

According to Jia Zhangke, Kapoor was an excellent actor. Jia Zhangke said that films like ‘PK’ and ‘3 Idiots’ are more watched by people in China and those are quite popular there. He added that he had recently watched ‘3 Idiots’ and enjoyed it and he would love to watch more of Indian art and realistic films which are normally less promoted, mentioned PTI.

A Chinese actress Zhu Zhu is likely to be seen in a Bollywood flick named ‘Tubelight’ alongside Salman Khan and Jackie Chan have teamed up with Bollywood actor Sonu Sood for the upcoming release ‘Kung Fu’. Zhangke is thrilled about such team-ups of Chinese and Indian actors and expressed his delight about the artists working together.

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He said about working on a new project called ‘Journey to the West’, in which India has been referred to as the ‘west’ and it is based on an ancient novel. He further added that the director has not been finalised yet and it will be great to collaborate with India as a producer of the film.

Zhangke is in Mumbai for the 18th edition of the famous MAMI festival. “I am interested in Indian religion; I want to understand the religious philosophy of India. India is a country of many languages and this also fascinates me,” Zhangke stated to PTI.

On his maiden visit to the megapolis city, Zhangke looks forward to visiting the great Elephanta Caves. Apart from that, he also expressed his excitement to gorge on Indian delicacies.

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“I have heard there are lots of different kinds of curries being made in India so I would like to try that,” he said.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC