"I don't see a space for myself in Bollywood"
'Immortals' director Tarsem Singh says that Hollywood is where he really fits in
US-based Indian origin director Tarsem Singh, who has impressed with his visual artistry in films like 'The Cell' and 'The Fall', doesn't see himself fitting into Bollywood and admits that he has seen only one Hindi film in 25 years.
"Am I interested in portraying Indian stories or people? Yes. But unfortunately what I shoot tends to require a lot of money. If I was writing stuff, I might write for Indian films and right now I think the films I (make) seem like the tail-end of a dying genre," Tarsem said.
"I just look at it and say how I can put my DNA into a film that right now is at the pulse of pop culture and I don't think right now that the Mahabharata's going to be on the hit list of that pop culture any time soon. So it's unfortunate," he added.
Tarsem, who spent his early years in India, graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He started his career by directing music videos and commercials for Nike and Coca-Cola.
The 50-year-old says he doubts he will be able to fit into Bollywood.
"I've only seen one Bollywood film in the last 25 years. It was by Aamir Khan - 'Lagaan'. I loved that film and it's the only (Indian) one that I've seen. I have very little to do with Bollywood. I think the person who made the best Bollywood films in Hollywood was Douglas Sirk. I'd rather do one here. If I go back, I don't know if I'd fit in," said Singh.
Meanwhile, Singh's 'Immortals', an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny, starring Freida Pinto, Henry Cavill and Mickey Rourke has just released.
For Rourke's character, Tarsem took inspiration from Raavan from the Indian epic 'Ramayana'.
"I wasn't familiar with any mythology. However if I was to really pin point an Indian inspiration, then it'll be Mickey Rourke's character King Hyperion that resembles Ravana from the epic 'Ramayana'. I did actually show him some clips of the character just to give him the idea of what sort of savage intensity I was looking for," Singh added.
Tarsem is all praise for Freida who plays Phaedra.
"When I met Freida, I just said, she's it. She's phenomenal looking. She's very dedicated and a real professional. She felt like the most natural part of the movie for us. There was no question that we wanted Freida Pinto," he said.
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