As Indians believe to be paving their ways in the west, actress Tisca Chopra said that India is still far from making it to Hollywood.
“We are such a huge country and if one or two people are working in international projects, it doesn’t make a difference. They are cast here and there when an Asian face is needed. I feel only Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan have managed to work consistently in the West. Apart from them, I don’t think anyone else is doing anything significant. There is no star from India in Hollywood.”
“We are far from making our place in global film market. Chinese, Korean, Iranian and Turkish films have set markets for themselves in the West. In India, we make over 700 films every year and out of them there are not even one or two that make the cut at the world level. We have not even begun in the West. Every one has their eye on making money. Our content is not compelling enough for the filmmakers from the West. What is attracting them is our vast population. They have a huge market in India,” added Tisca.
On the work front, Tisca will be seen in the movie The Hungry which revolves around the odyssey of revenge of a widow and a bride. Tisca plays Tulsi in the movie which is directed by Bornila Chatterjee. Her character in the movie is related to Lady Macbeth.
“It is an earlier version. It is a dark and compelling film and for me it was one of my most challenging roles,” said Tisca.
The film will be showcased at the Film Festival in Toronto today. Speaking about the same, Tisca said, “It feels fabulous to take our film to TIFF. It feels right as we have put in ample effort to make this movie. It was a tightly-shot project. It was a tough subject but it has been made with a lot of heart.”
Actor Naseeruddin Shah plays a pivotal role in the film. As Tisca shared her experience working with him, she said, “I have studied with him and done workshops with him. I have a different relationship with him. Working with him enhances your performance as well as understanding of the subject.”