Team MissMalini got the opportunity to meet one the biggest producers, writers AND directors of Bollywood (perhaps, soon to be of Hollywood too!) – Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Getting so up close with the man was one hell of an experience, because it’s not very often that we get a tête-à-tête with people who prefer to stay behind the camera. And as if he wasn’t a huge deal already, VVC is also the first Indian to produce, direct and write a Hollywood film – Broken Horses! Here’s what he shared with us:
It started from my own film Parinda actually, it’s a take off from that film. This film is about brothers like Parinda was about brothers.
I was nominated for an Oscar when I was very young in ’79, when I was a kid. So, the idea to actually make a Hollywood film was planted back as far as 1979!
I have drawn some inspiration for Broken Horses from my real life. I’m very close to my brother Veer who supported me all my life – he paid for my education at the Film Institute. If he had no job I wouldn’t have been able to go to film school. I am very close to Abhijat, Raju and all these people who are like my brothers. So, yes there is a lot of myself in this film!
Hollywood is very different – it’s another planet – you cannot compare! You cannot EVEN imagine the differences there are. Here, there’s a lot of warmth, lots of bhaichaara – there, there is less amount of bhaichaara but huge amounts of efficiency.
There is only one film that I could change something about and that would be Kareeb that I made for Anupama, I really love her and she hated violence – I made the film for her and that was the most expensive love letter I had ever written. I made it out of love… I just went crazy – she loves songs, music – it was her kind of a movie.
*Aww* x 100
I never had very formal education – I am a BA fail – I am illiterate so I think because of that my mind is wild and it can go anywhere, to anything!
I write what comes to me naturally. I look at women in a certain way. I respect women in a certain way AND I love women in a certain way. It comes in my movies!
To know more, watch the video:
Writer, director and producer talks to us about his first Hollywood movie, #BrokenHorses and his cinematic journey. Fox Star Hindi
Posted by MissMalini on Saturday, April 11, 2015
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