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Steven Spielberg seen at the USC Shoah Foundation IWitness Video Challenge and 'Schindler's List' 20th Anniversary Limited Edition DVD/Bluray launch held at The Chandler School in Pasedena Calif. February 2013. (WENN.COM)
To celebrate the success of Lincoln, which was co-produced by India’s Reliance Entertainment, movie mogul Steven Spielberg spent some time in India this week. According to the Hindustan Times, the multi Oscar-winner had some advice for Bollywood directors eager to go west. At an industry event in Mumbai on Monday, the 66-year-old American told Hindi filmmakers to “do more film-related events in the West.”
“Awareness of Indian films and the abundant talent here is already acknowledged,” said Spielberg. “But in the West, we have no access to it. That’s why I haven’t seen too many Hindi films myself.”
The filmmaker behind such classic as Jaws, Schindler’s List and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, among others, went on to advise “that a solid Indian film festival with a robust amount of publicity and marketing would perhaps help the West get access to the movies made here.”
With the upcoming Times of India Film Awards scheduled for April in Vancouver, his advice seems a bit tardy but nonetheless relevant.
Amongst other topics that dominated the evening, Spielberg also shared how he began working with the Reliance Entertainment Group.
“Anil (Ambani, Reliance Industries chairman) and I met in Cannes in 2008 when the global economic meltdown had hit everyone. My company, DreamWorks, was in bad shape and we will always be grateful to Anil for helping us get back on our feet.”
Reliance provided Spielberg with US$325 million in equity to invest in DreamWorks as part of a US$1.5-billion-dollar deal to jointly produce films.
After the event, the legendary auteur praised director Raju Hirani for his scripting techniques and extended an invitation to have dinner. “I have seen your movie 3 Idiots three times,” Spielberg said. “I like its humane and emotional undertones.”
Part of the reason Spielberg was in India was to begin work on a new project that will be set in disputed region of Kashmir. Although few details are available, he confirmed that scripting was finalized and that the film would be a joint venture between DreamWorks and Reliance Entertainment.
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