Hollywood films in Indian context

Inspired Act

Hollywood films in Indian context


A damp Bangalore evening saw groups of people slowly wend their way into Sua Gallery tucked away in a corner of Kasturba Road to view Bikram Saluja’s latest endeavour, which was in the form of a photographic book. The elegant coffee table tome is titled An Actor’s Inspiration and interprets through the medium of still photography two popular and some might say iconic films — The Godfather and Raging Bull in an Indian context.

The actor himself was present, and in his usual modest and congenial manner with his wife Schauna, by his side interacted warmly with visitors.  He also spoke enthusiastically about the inspiration behind his book and the satisfaction he derived from seeing his pet project blossom into fruition.  The foreword has been written by the Big ‘B’  Amitabh Bachchan, who has warmly congratulated the author.

“We had a really big launch in Mumbai but since the book is only meant for private circulation and cannot be sold in bookstores, it is a more low key affair here in Bangalore. The photographs will be on display at select art galleries in major cities for a while though,” he explained.

“Why do a series of still photographs instead of a full-fledged film,” several people asked the actor in the course of the evening.  “Well, I wanted to do something original yet based on the two films that I really love. I felt that this was a new approach, something that translates the story into an Indian scenario without losing the originality or merely plagiarising the plot,” he answered.

It took Bikram one year to obtain the rights from the studios in Hollywood and with two well-known photographers Ronny Sequeira and Hardeep Sachdev roped in, he himself played the protagonist in the two series.

“I like the way the powerful intensity of characters like Rajat and Rishad have been captured through the use of real actors, locations, sets and scripts. Creating a film viewing experience through the pages of a book is a very unusual concept but it has worked,” said Shashi Sudarshan, one of the visitors. The exhibit is on till November 24.

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