Flanked by a huge entourage of bouncers, Hollywood superstar of Chinese origin, Jackie Chan, entered Delhi’s Siri Fort auditorium and the crowds went berserk in a blink. Chan, 59, who was in town on Tuesday to inaugurate the China Film Festival organised by the India China Economic and Cultural Council, sat down for a candid chat with us.
The first question we asked him was if we’d ever see him doing his dangerous stunts on Indian screen, and the legend said, “By all means, yes. I love the music and dance sequences in Indian films. As long as I can get an exciting script, I am even willing to give a discount (to Bollywood producers)! I am also open to collaborations between the Indian and Chinese film industries.”
Asked if he is in touch with his Indian friend, actor Mallika Sherawat, he said, “Yes, I am. We talk on the phone frequently. She is a very strong woman.” The actor, however, seemed a bit confused when asked about actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is a known face in the Hollywood circuit. On whether he’d be willing to work with her, after a brief pause, he said, “Can’t say.”
On what he thought of stereotyping Asians in Hollywood, Chan said, “You can’t blame them. We stereotype foreigners and Americans in our films, too. But Hollywood, even if difficult to break in, is very open to talent. I started out as an action star there, but I am grateful to (actor) Will Smith for helping me break the mould.”
The actor, who started his career at the age of six, attributed his 60-going-on-16 looks to his fans. “My fans keep me motivated ... I am not young anymore but my audience loves me, and that is why I take risks.”
Chan, who has been a part of blockbusters such as the Rush Hour series, Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights along with Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2, said that he is not only a fan of Indian food but craves delicacies such as “poppadom (papad), rogan josh, kadhai chicken and biryani.”