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Bollywood vs. Hollywood: Have Indian stars finally made their mark in Hollywood?

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By Vikarm Barhat

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has plenty of experience of red carpets but this weekend was different. Rather than the usual gala premieres, she posed for hundreds of flashing cameras outside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood before presenting a golden statuette to Margaret Sixel, Best Film Editing for Mad Max: Fury Road at the 2016 Oscars.

For many, her presence at this glittering event, officially announced the arrival of Indian actors in the Hollywood big leagues. But it’s been a long time coming.

Diversity was the hot topic before and at this year’s Academy Awards. Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith boycotted the ceremony over lack of diversity among nominees, sparking the #OscarsSoWhite campaign. And while Indian actors or actresses have yet to win at the Oscars, their rise in American films and Hollywood overall can’t be overlooked.

Presenting an award at the Oscars is an honor reserved for the select few. It comes hot on the heels of Chopra, 33, becoming the first Indian ever to win a People’s Choice Award for her role in US television show Quantico for which she was reportedly paid $4m. Chopra will also star alongside Hollywood heavyweight Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in the much-anticipated Baywatch movie.

Over the last decade as Hollywood film storylines and cast have become more diverse, career opportunities are finally opening up to this wider pool of talent. As Hollywood casts its net wider India’s talent is benefiting but how well are they being paid?
Eye on the profit pie

Hollywood’s motivation for this crossover into India’s film royalty is partly a shrewd business calculation by film studios and distributors.

“It’s always about the money” said Suhel Seth, managing partner at consultancy firm Counselage India who is also an occasional actor with cameos in several Bollywood blockbusters.

“As the Indian diaspora across the world gains more economic stature, there’s an urge for Hollywood producers and foreign studios to then also cater to that market.” US film companies see incorporating popular Indian actors and actresses into their productions as a significant opportunity to reach much bigger audiences in emerging markets.

India represents a vast market of English speakers and a huge untapped opportunity, said Mumbai-based Anirban Das Blah, founder of CAA KWAN, a talent management company that represents several Bollywood stars.

India’s own movie industry produces more than 1,000 films a year, and, together with television and media industries, is projected by KPMG to be worth $28.7bn by 2019. There’s a huge appetite for films in a country with more than a billion people, which analysts expect to mean more multiplex cinemas will be built and more Indians will start regularly viewing through digital media.

“In less than a decade the market could be anything from 20 times to 50 times its current size,” Das Blah said.
A growing demand amongst Indian moviegoers for cinema with less formulaic plots and more global themes is also driving change. “Both the context and the craft have altered to suit more diverse palates, which includes the American palate, the American studio palate,” Seth said.

Crossover stars from India are muscling their way in to an industry that has come under fire for being too white — a recent BBC report citing University of Southern California research on Hollywood’s “inclusion crisis” underlined the scale of the problem.

Leading the pack is actor Irrfan Khan, 49, who has done more than 100 films during his career, the bulk in Bollywood. He has also spent a decade working in American studio and TV productions. Khan rose to prominence in the US after playing a policeman in the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire, which swept the Academy Awards in 2009 winning eight gold statuettes. His most recent outing was in the Universal Pictures- blockbuster, Jurassic World, which took in a record $511m at the box office in its opening week.

Khan and Chopra have opened the gate wider for younger Indian actors like Deepika Padukone, 30, to make their mark. Padukone has just bagged the lead in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, where she’s paired up with action film veteran, Vin Diesel.

Indian faces have become more visible on prime time TV too. Nimrat Kaur and Suraj Sharma (Homeland), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), and veteran Indian actor Anil Kapoor (24) have all appeared on shows that have been global hits, partly driven by the rise of binge-watching via streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

For many years, Hollywood seemed to hire Indian actors to portray stereotypical parts. Offensive caricatures were common as recently as the late 1990s. “Hollywood is like any other business that has to continue to grow, or be eaten up,” Khan said. “Television and films are flourishing industries in America and they keep looking for new markets.”

Before India, it was all about China, “so Hollywood was incorporating Chinese actors, location, and technicians,” said Khan.

Films like Slumdog Millionaire (2008) helped sell and showcase India to Hollywood heavyweights. “When India-centric films like The Namesake and Slumdog Millionaire came out, they became popular and changed everything,” said Khan. “The entire American entertainment industry started looking at India as a potential new market to explore, and started accepting more stories with the Indian backdrop.”

Big film houses like Fox and Paramount are attempting to offer variety and continue to look for new ground for their stories, said Khan, who stars alongside Tom Hanks in Inferno, due out later this year.

While they’re on the screen, fame and fortune in Hollywood still isn’t bringing in the millions for Indian arrivals. There’s a general consensus among film stars, agents and publicists that Indian actors are not as well paid as US or European actors for comparable work.

Khan, who earned just under $2m in 2015, according to Forbes, said leading Indian actors will make anything from $750,000 to $5m per film in Bollywood.

“For Hollywood films, I don’t get even one fourth of the fee I charge in India,” Khan said. “It’s only when you’re playing the lead in a Hollywood film and you command a wider world market [audience] that you’ll be paid big bucks.”

Seth said while the pay disparity is problematic, the exposure can pay off bigger for Bollywood stars crossing over to American film.  “What Indian actors also gain is a greater brand recognition, which helps them bolster their image and allows them to appeal to a wider international market,” he said.

India’s highest paid actresses Chopra and Padukone have powerful Hollywood agents who ensure their clients get casting calls for films with big names and budgets.

That has boosted their earning power in some instances. Chopra, who charges nearly $1m for her Bollywood projects, was reportedly paid $4m for her Quantico gig.

Big Bang Theory actor Kunal Ayyar, however, takes the salary prize. Born in Britain and raised in India, Ayyar was third on the Forbes list of World’s Highest-Paid TV Actors for 2015 with earnings that topped $20 million.

(This article originally appeared in www.theindependentbd.com)

 

 

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Top 10 Best Movies of Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha is a multi-talented Bollywood actress and has made a lasting impact on the industry since her debut.

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By Ruchika Verma

  • Sonakshi Sinha is one of the most loved actresses in Bollywood  today
  • Sonakshi has made a lasting impact in the industry from the moment of her debut
  • Sonakshi Sinha’s movies are always entertaining because of their storylines and Sonakshi’s brilliant performances

Sonakshi Sinha is a multi-talented Bollywood actress who has made a lasting impact on the industry since her debut. She is a very talented singer, dancer and actor who has been making waves in Bollywood because of her bold statements and outlook on life.

Sonakshi Sinha has made a name for herself, overcoming her parent's shadow.
Sonakshi Sinha has made a name for herself, overcoming her parent’s shadow. Wikimedia Commons

Sonakshi is the daughter of legendary actor Shatrughan Sinha and beautiful Poonam Sinha. She has been successful in stepping out of her parent’s shadow and making a name of her own in the Bollywood.

Here is the list of her top 10 best Bollywood movies, which showcases her talent aptly :

 Dabangg 

Sonakshi Sinha made her debut in the Bollywood with this movie, alongside the superstar Salman Khan. Although critics slammed her role as a damsel in this film, she still managed to garner attention and appreciation because of her excellent acting skills. Her dialogue delivery and attitude were also appreciated.

Dabangg 2

Dabangg 2 was the sequel to her debut movie, Dabangg. She reprises her role in this film along with Salman Khan. Sonakshi Sinha played the role of Salman’s wife in this movie with perfection. Her character was much stronger than the previous film and she did complete justice to it. Her comic timing and emotional scenes were both worth applauding.

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Dabangg 2 was one of the Sonakshi's bigger hits Picture credit: wallpapers99.com
Dabangg 2 was one of the Sonakshi’s bigger hits Picture credit: wallpapers99.com

Lingaa

In this movie, Sonakshi Sinha got the opportunity to star opposite none other than the superstar, Rajinikanth. Lingaa was a Tamil movie that was also released in Hindi. Sonakshi’s performance was outstanding and garnered many positive reviews. It is not easy to work besides Rajinikanth and not get overshadowed, but Sonakshi managed to shine through in this film with her brilliant performance.

Rowdy Rathore

It was another movie where Sonakshi Sinha proved her mettle as an actress. Rowdy Rathore was a remake of Telugu film directed by Prabhu Deva, and starred Akshay Kumar opposite Sonakshi Sinha in the lead role. Sonakshi’s pretty face added freshness to the film and her acting and on point expressions made this otherwise serious movie, fun to watch. Her chemistry with Akshay Kumar was also appreciated.

Sonakshi has worked with Prabhu Deva many times. Wikimedia Commons
Sonakshi has worked with Prabhu Deva many times. Wikimedia Commons

 Lootera

Based on O. Henry’s short story, ‘The Last Leaf, Lootera was one brilliant movie. It is said to be one of the Sonakshi’s best performances till date. She pulled off her role very well and with ease. Sonakshi achieved a lot of critical acclaim for this film. Her chemistry with Ranveer Singh was also appreciated.

Tevar

Tevar was one of the most entertaining movies, it is also one of the best movies that Sonakshi Sinha acted in. She starred opposite Arjun Kapoor and performed with finesse. Tevar couldn’t do well at the box office, but Sonakshi’s performance was highly appreciated.

Sonakshi Sinha's most films have performed well at the box office, proving her competence as an actress. Wikimedia Commons
Sonakshi Sinha’s most films have performed well at the box office, proving her competence as an actress. Wikimedia Commons

R… Rajkumar

R… Rajkumar was the movie where Sonakshi Sinha proved her mettle as a dancer. She starred opposite Shahid Kapoor and was applauded for her dance numbers and chemistry with him. The movie was also a hit and Sonakshi was highly appreciated for her acting skills. Sonakshi Sinha decided to stay classy and her decency certainly paid off.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty

The ‘Holiday’ was an action thriller, and Sonakshi once again proved her mettle as an actor. The movie stars Akshay Kumar alongside her in the lead roles. Although the movie revolved around Akshay’s characters, Sonakshi delivered a powerful performance. Her role as a sportsperson was applauded by both audiences and critics.

Action Jackson

Action Jackson was yet another action comedy, and Sonakshi Sinha once again collaborated with Prabhu Deva to deliver a hit. She stared along Ajay Devgn and Yami Gautam in the movie. Sonakshi’s role of a simple working woman impressed the audience, and her chemistry with Ajay was also appreciated.

Sonakshi Sinha has done many action movies throughout her career. Wikimedia Commons
Sonakshi Sinha has done many action movies throughout her career. Wikimedia Commons

Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!

Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai, which was one of the best movies made on the topic of the underworld, and it was the prequel to this movie. Sonakshi was cast opposite Imran Khan and her performance was highly appreciated.