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Eat Pray Love; A Mighty Heart; The Myth, and now Kathryn Bigelow’s next. India has suddenly become a lot more accessible to top international film directors
Anahita Mukherji | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 12, 2012)
Hndi film-makers scouting around for exotic locales across Europe might have been a tad surprised that a Hollywood movie showcasing the slums of Mumbai would go on to win multiple Oscar awards. And nobody who watched Mission Impossible over a decade ago would have imagined that scenes from one of its sequels would be shot in India. Not so long back, action hero Jackie Chan was in the country to promote The Myth, a portion of which was shot in Hampi.
So has the West woken up to the Indian landscape as a backdrop for Hollywood cinema? “India is certainly a flavour that the international market can bank on,” says actor Sid Makkar, who recently finished work on the Judi Dench-starrer The Great Exotic Marigold Hotel, a film based largely in India and directed by John Madden of Shakespeare in Love-fame. In addition to tapping into India’s large English-speaking market, Hollywood directors are also giving Western audiences a slice of India, much the way Hollywood has shaped the urban Indian perceptions about the US, says Makkar.
Big budget foreign films tend to pay both their actors and technicians better than the regular Indian pay-scales, he adds. The economics of shooting a film in India works well for Western film-makers, too, says trade analyst Taran Adarsh, More >
Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan were in India to shoot for The Dark Knight Rises
Priyanka Dasgupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 11, 2011) Hollywood director Christopher Nolan and actor Christian ‘Batman’ Bale were in India last week to shoot for The Dark Knight Rises. They flew back to London on Monday morning in a chartered flight.
The crew shot in Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort where a green screen was specially created. Nolan shot in front of it with the fort as the backdrop.
Sources say that this backdrop has been used to establish that Batman is in an exotic location, which is isolated. However, this backdrop isn’t meant to be shown as India in the film. Back in the UK studios, this 30 ft x 30 ft green screen will be digitally modified to create the Lazarus Pit. For those not in the loop, a Lazarus Pit is used by Ra’s Al Ghul for gaining restorative powers. However, it was not all work and no play for the cast and crew of the film. On Sunday, the unit had a day off. So, Bale, who was accompanied by two children, took an autorickshaw ride in Jodhpur. The whole team also went shopping. Bale bought textiles, Pashmina shawls from Jodhpur. The team also loved Indian food that was served to them during the shooting,” says a source.