September 13, 2011 02:29:30 PM IST Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
Big B would be one of those rare actors in the Hindi film industry who has played scores of roles as a gambler the latest one being TEEN PATTI, so it is indeed a fortitude that at the prime of his career he is making his debut in Hollywood films as a gambler. Big B has signed for Baz Luhramann's THE GREAT GATSBY where he enacts the role of an infamous gambler Meyer Wolfsheim.
As a token of gratitude for associating with Hollywood, Big B has waved off his fee to make his debut and this should be taken as a cue by other film makers of Hollywood to rope in other popular film stars of the Indian film industry, as it is the Indian crowd all over the world which is making box office history for the film makers by thronging the cinema halls in humongous numbers. Any producer of any Hollywood studio would give his right hand to have an earning of the likes of BODYGUARD in the overseas market. After all more than 3 billion people watch Hindi movies around the world.
For Big B, the underlining motif of his debut in Hollywood also lies in the fact that he is not playing a typically conventional role of an Asian who is a migrant and trying to eke out his living in a foreign country, but this is a conventional role that other Hollywood actors play in scores of films. It is the coming of age for the Hindi film industry as also a pointer to the iconic stature of Big B in Indian cinema per se.
Big B still has a phenomenal fan following around the world, and with the movie going habits still in nascent stages, and the market still to be explored fully, this new step forward by Hollywood could be an inflection point in the annals of cinema history both for Hollywood as also for the Hindi cinema.
Hollywood is very conscious about the fact that green shoots of its income from Indian territory through dubbed films has already started sprouting, therefore it is in the fitness of the things to dabble in original films to increase the footfalls. And there is no better way to do it than by roping in the Hindi film actors.
The gaps between the worlds of cinema from around the world are also blurring and cinema is also gravitating towards the global village, the term coined by Marshall McLuhan.