Back in 2006, she gained global fame as the ‘Bond girl’ in Casino Royale. And now, Caterina Murino is readying herself for a Bollywood outing (in a film starring Rajeev Khandelwal). Ahead of her movie’s release, the Italian actor, over an email interview, says she is constantly curious “about new experiences from around the world”.
“No geographic barriers exist for me. When I became an actor, my dream was to discover new countries and cultures, and my career around the world is making this dream come true. I’ve already worked in the US, Canada, Argentina, Europe and China. It was one of my dreams to work in a Bollywood movie too,” says Caterina, adding with a smile, “But, I have to say, I wasn’t offered a ‘traditional’ Bollywood script [with songs and dance sequences].”
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The actor feels that though people are aware that “Bollywood is the largest cinema industry in the world”, it’s a pity that “we can’t see a lot of Bollywood movies in theatres globally”. “I’d love to see Hindi films get the same distribution as American or French movies,” she says, adding that she remembers watching “the beautiful and amazing” Jodhaa Akbar (2008).
“Who didn’t fall in love with the hero (Hrithik Roshan)? I have also seen Devdas (2002), besides the heart-breaking Salaam Bombay! (1988),” says Caterina. “I’d love to do more Hindi films, learn Hindi, take Indian dance lessons, and shoot in your beautiful country (India),” she adds.
Would she like to do a Hindi number? “Yes, but for that, I would prefer a woman to dance along with me, like in Devdas. So, Aishwarya (Rai Bachchan) would be perfect for that,” she says.