Sunday, July 26, 2009
Amritraj right now is excited about his 100th production, Unbound Captives, which will be shot towards 2009-end and ready for release by early 2011. “It will be a big epic in the scale of Laurence of Arabia, and Stowe’s first effort at direction. John Toll of Braveheart and Last Samurai will be the cinematographer. It’s probably the biggest in scope and scale among all my films, and will have a budget of 80-90 million dollars,” he says.
A word of caution
The film will be shot “between” New Mexico and New Zealand as the subject demands shoots in different seasons. He is also worked up about the interest in Indian cinema thanks to the success of Slumdog Millionaire. But at the same time, he sounds a word of caution to Indian filmmakers wanting to break into the international market. Slumdog Millionaire is a wonderful film, but one must realise that it all starts with the screenwriter and the director both of who are British. And the movie has been made from very much a Western point of view even though location, stars are all Indian. “I think those kind of movies can certainly work internationally. The question is can an Indian writer write with the international audience in mind. If one wants to break into international market place, one has to learn it from the writers’ point of view. The good news is it has been done twice now, though 27 years apart, with Gandhi and Slumdog.
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