Biggies of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai; experienced Hollywood and were recognised there. The latest person to cross-over from Bollywood to Hollywood is the South Indian actor Madhavan, who is be seen as a US Marine officer in the Hollywood movie Night of the Living Dead: Origins.
The actor who has given great performances in Hindi films like Rang De Basanti, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein, 3 Idiots, said “We have a long way to go before actors in India can establish themselves (internationally) in a big way.”
Talking about Hollywood, the actor said: “Their market and technology is completely different from ours. I don’t think Indian stars have the bandwidth to go struggle and give screen tests there, leaving everything behind here.”
However, Hollywood actors do have something that make Madhavan jealous. “I think the only thing which I am jealous about is that if I was an actor in Hollywood, with all the hit films which I have, I won’t have to work for another day in my life. Even if an actor has two hits in his life in Hollywood, he will never be poor. Not only are the payments enhanced but so are the budgets of the films,” he said.
“Technology-wise we are almost there. But the budgets over there are high (higher). It is very tough for us to make those kinds of films in our kind of economy. But even now we do make international level films,” said the 43-year-old actor.
He has finished shooting Night of the Living Dead: Origins, a zombie film. “It has been a huge learning experience and it was very exciting. I was very nervous as I had never shot like that before,” he said. It was the prospect of working with Simon West of Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider fame that attracted him towards the project.
“It was a Simon West film. That was a huge advantage. Secondly, it had completely new technology,” said Madhavan, who has featured in TV shows and has also done films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam across his over 15-year-old career.
Madhavan is glad that the Indian film industry and the public have “been very nice with him”. “I am just keeping my fingers crossed for the future,” he said. Moreover, he says: “For actors like me, nothing is enough. I want a lot more than what I get”.