Los Angeles, March 16 (IANS) He has never been to
India, but is no stranger to the country's cinematic portfolio. Jon
Favreau, a name to reckon with in Hollywood, feels Indian cinema is
engulfed in a "new movement" wherein "director-driven" and "independent"
films with a unique vision are coming up -- much like Hollywood during
The 1970s era is termed as the golden age of
Hollywood (also refereed as New Hollywood era and the American New Wave)
-- a time when the American film industry saw immense creativity, and
when young filmmakers experimented with new subjects, and imbibed the
social changes into films' plot. "The Godfather", "Chinatown", "Five
Easy Pieces", "The Deerhunter", "Apocalypse Now" and "Being There" are
some of the marvels that came up during the period.
known for projects like "Iron Man" and "Chef", notes a similar
development in India, specifically pointing out at Anurag Kashyap's
"Gangs Of Wasseypur", which grabbed audience attention when it was
screened at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival in 2012.
is transforming in India right now. You know, tremendously prolific
movies and titles are coming out of there. The Bollywood system has done
incredibly well, but there is a new movement that is more
director-driven, more independent, has started to emerge and reminds me
of what happened in the US in 1970s," Favreau told IANS.
walked back in time during a candid tete-a-tete with this IANS
correspondent here at a restaurant of iconic The Hollywood Roosevelt
hotel, which itself harks to the time gone by with memories of the first
ever Academy Awards ceremony.
Favreau, whose new offering --
Disney's "The Jungle Book" -- will release in India on April 8, a week
before it hits screens in the US, confessed that like many others in his
country, he had misconceptions about Bollywood. But "Gangs of
Wasseypur" -- a gritty drama set in Indian hinterlands -- broke them.
said: "The most recent I saw which felt different from anything will be
'Gangs of Wasseypur'. I didn't know that this was going on... Before
watching the film, I thought about Bollywood what America thinks --
Bollywood is big musical numbers, pageantry that feels like studio age
of old Hollywood."
"So I see that what has started to happen
now... I know that it is exciting whenever there is a new interesting
filmmaking going on... That has been going on in Hong Kong, Korea and
now India seems to be emerging to have some unique voices in
To an extent, Favreau stands true. Movies like
"Masaan", "Titli", "Zubaan" and "Aligarh" are part of the new wave,
which is not just finding critical acclaim on foreign shores, but also
finding takers at the home turf.
Favreau, who has acted in films
as well as television shows like "Friends", noted that while the
song-and-dance bit of Bollywood is still big, the country's independent
cinema is also emerging in an impressive way.
He stressed that
while very few international films break through the American film
market, "but some of the best -- with a strong voice and unique vision
(The writer's trip was at the invitation of Disney. Sugandha Rawal can be contacted at email@example.com)