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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan “running around in his glasses and beating up bad guys” long stayed with Tom Hanks and defined the world of Indian cinema for him

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Hollywood Actor Tom Hanks giving autograph
  • The Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks says the vast expanse of Indian cinema and different storytelling techniques still remain a mystery for the West, with only Bollywood making inroads abroad
  • Like the cinema from Japan and China have impacted the entire cinematic narrative of the West like ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ by Ang Lee
  • After presenting a visual treat with “Sully” this year, Hanks will be back on the silver screen with Ron Howard’s “Inferno”

Singapore, October 12, 2016: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan “running around in his glasses and beating up bad guys” long stayed with Tom Hanks and defined the world of Indian cinema for him. The Oscar-winning actor says the vast expanse of Indian cinema and different storytelling techniques still remain a mystery for the West, with only Bollywood making inroads abroad.

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“For a lot of years, Indian movies for us were Big B running around in his glasses and beating up bad guys or midgets and stuff like that. We didn’t quite understand what was going on. If everyone starts speaking the common language of cinema, it will start representing itself,” Hanks told IANS in an interview here.

The actor said “it is only a matter of time” till the varied Indian stories spin their way to the West.

“Like the cinema from Japan and China have impacted the entire cinematic narrative of the West like ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ by Ang Lee. Those guys are working in American films now. The fact is that we have not just been able to see films outside of Bollywood for whatever reason, or outside Satyajit Ray’s films.

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“But it is only a matter of time because people in the United States see everything…All you have to do is be available,” he added.

Hanks has worked with Indian star Irrfan Khan in his forthcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment’s film “Inferno”. And he says he is open to attaching his star power to any Indian project, but would not do it “just to break into the marketplace”.

But Hanks will not be seen as a super spy climbing on the roof of Taj Mahal or doing stunts on helicopters Â? he’d rather do a film on “stereotypes of public life in India”.

Be it acting, directing, producing or writing — Hanks has explored different arenas of the creative field.

He made his debut with a low-budget movie “He Knows You’re Alone” in 1979. Following that, Hanks became a part of TV series like “Bosom Buddies”, “Taxi” and “Family Ties”, and TV movie “Mazes and Monsters”.

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He got noticed with Disney’s comedy “Splash”, which became the sleeper hit of 1984. It was Hanks’ charm and upbeat attitude that got him instant stardom.

Today, film buffs, irrespective of age group, know Hanks for movies like “You’ve Got Mail”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “The Terminal” and “Forrest Gump”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Cast Away”, “Apollo 13”, “Saving Private Ryan” and “Captain Phillips”.

After presenting a visual treat with “Sully” this year, Hanks will be back on the silver screen with Ron Howard’s “Inferno”, which will open in India on October 14, two weeks before its US release.

During a conversation with IANS here at an media event organised by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the 60-year-old said he would like to work in Bollywood — but not “just to break into the marketplace, but as soon as Americans start making movies about the stereotypes of public life in India”.

“It doesn’t have to be super spies climbing on the roof of the Taj Mahal or jumping on helicopters to defeat the bad guys. It will be something next (level) and I look forward to it.”

The two-time Oscar-winning star, who is amazed by the bold filming technique in India, said: “The industry in India is sort of like the dream come true. They make a lot of movies, people go to a lot of movies, and there is insatiable appetite for it… I was always amazed at just how dense they were and how they cover more than one genre.” (IANS)

  • Diksha Arya

    Well it would be great to see Tom Hanks in a bollywood movie…

  • Antara

    Not only Hanks; supposedly, Bollywood had meant only Big B for many a Hollywood actors once!

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Amitabh Bachchan Urges To Save Farmers By Paying Off Their Loans

"Kaun Banega Crorepati" is aired on Sony Entertainment Television

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Amitabh Bachchan. Wikimedia Commons

Moved by the plight of a farmer who made it to the ‘hot seat’ of game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is doing his bit to help the farmer community, has urged the public to step forward and help pay off their loans.

A farmer named Anantkumar Khanke made it to the show, and spoke about his struggle to survive. This led Amitabh Bachchan to urge people to come forth and help the farmers in whatever way possible.

Khanke said his annual income is around Rs 60,000 if they face a good rainy season. When there is a shortage of water, he pays Rs 100 per gallon for farming.

Big B, who himself does a lot for the farmers in his own way, narrated an incident which sensitised him to the farmers’ plight, read a statement.

He narrated: “When I was shooting in Visakhapatnam around a decade back, I read in the newspaper then, that farmers are committing suicide for amounts like Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000. I felt very bad reading this. When I came back, I contacted an NGO here and asked them if I could be of any help in saving the lives of farmers and that’s how I got a list of 30-40 people whose loans I could pay off.

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Save farmers, pay off their loans, urges Big B. Pixabay

“A few years ago, there was distress in Vidarbha due to shortage of rainfall and I cleared loans of around 100 farmers and recently in Maharashtra, I have ensured that the loans of around 360 farmers have been paid off to the banks. My next step is to help clear loans of approximately 850 farmers in Uttar Pradesh.”

He said that by mentioning this, he is hopeful that even if around 10 or 12 people, who find it within their capacity and capability, step forward and help in saving the lives of farmers, they would have “set an example for many more and in turn so many farmers’ lives would be saved”.

“I would urge people to understand the plight of our ‘anna-data’ (farmers) and the kind of hardships they are facing. I do not want to boast about myself but I want everyone to help our farmers who face the shortage of even having basic necessities.

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“If anyone of you, individually or collectively can pay off their loans, I join my hands to request you to please help them. This will be the biggest contribution you can make to the farmers of our country.”

“Kaun Banega Crorepati” is aired on Sony Entertainment Television. (IANS)