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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

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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.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)