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Bollywood is getting more sophisticated: Hollywood's Michael Hoffman (IANS Interview)

Post by -*Fenil*- on 2014-10-31, 13:31

Mumbai, Oct 31 (IANS) Hollywood director
Michael Hoffman says the Hindi film industry is
not only finding space at international festivals
but is also becoming more "sophisticated" while
remaining rooted.
"Bollywood is shifting and changing. Bollywood is
getting more sophisticated and broader but still
maintaining the roots of Indian cinema," Hoffman,
who is here to promote his movie "The Best of
Me", told IANS in an interview.
"It's getting more respect from all over the world,
and even at the (international film) festivals it is
making its place," he added.
His keen eyes have noticed not just the growth of
Bollywood; they seem to be in tune with the
movies that matter.
"I have heard a lot about 'Haider' and 'Maqbool'.
These are some interesting films," said Hoffman,
praising Vishal Bhardwaj's two most appreciated
works, which are adaptations of Shakespeare's
"Macbeth" and "Hamlet".
Interestingly, his "The Best Of Me" too is an
adaptation. It is based on Nicholas Sparks'
similarly titled romantic novel.
Despite making good movies, an Oscar is still a
distant dream for Bollywood filmmakers. How so?
"I don't know that... Indian films are different. It
has a more realistic approach, but one thing that
gets difficult for India is the existence of the
massive Bollywood tradition," he said.
But he was confident that it would one day hit
the bull's eye.
"I also feel that Bollywood is sort of coming up.
People are a lot more interested and the marriage
between the Bollywood style and strong content
like 'Haider'... that kind of film (with) serious
content and distinctive style will definitely get a
crossover recognition," he added.
Hoffman's "The Best of Me" hits the screens in
India Friday.
Asked what prompted him to make a film on the
novel, he said: "I was going through a phase in
my life where I had lost faith in love and this
came along. So I thought I should make it and it
Hoffman teamed up with James Marsden and
Michelle Monaghan to bring this intriguing love
story on the big screen.
Lately, quite a few Hollywood directors are
inclined towards adaptations of bestsellers.
Talking about the trend, Hoffman said: "In the
case of these books, there is a huge readership.
Everybody wants a brand that people can
associate with because the audience is already
educated about the story."
He felt that viewers can easily connect with
"If people are working on a fresh script, they are
working on a standing start. There is a reason
why we are here. There is an Indian audience for
these kinds of films. In India, I walked into a
bookshop and there were two shelves of
Nicholas' novel.
"There you go, that's what Hollywood is attracted
to: branding. The adaptation of a novel has
always been there and many of them ended up
getting Oscars," added the director, who is known
for films like "One Fine Day" and "Promised
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