Remember Danis Tanovic’s No Man’s Land? The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category along with Aamir Khan’s Lagaan in 2002. The Bollywood actor’s film lost the Oscar to the war-drama that year. Now, nine years later, Danis, along with No Man’s Land producer Cédomir Kolar, is set to cross paths with Aamir once again.
Cédomir is approaching the actor for a part in his next film, Tigers. “If everything goes well, we plan to propose a small role to Aamir in Tigers. Let’s see if it works out,” says Cédomir.
The Oscar-winning producer admits that Aamir and he have met a few times, but have never spoken about collaborating. “He is of Bollywood and off Bollywood at the same time,” Cédomir says.
In 2002, when Aamir was part of the seven-member jury for the Locarno Film festival, Cédomir was the president of the panel. “We bonded at that time too,” says the producer, who is currently in Goa for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). On his first trip to India, he had called Bollywood ‘a very exciting place’.
“But I would be unhappy if they make only a particular kind of cinema. Surely, Bollywood is rising like an Asian tiger, but its bones are still not sufficiently strong. Though it is making impressive progress,” he says.
Danis Tanovic and the producer are looking to film the “real story” of Tigers in India. “It is set in the Pakistani part of Punjab, but since it’s not easy to shoot there, we will finish it in the Indian side of the state,” says Cédomir.
He admits he hasn’t set a deadline to shoot the film yet, but is confident that while the feel of Indian Punjab might seem a bit different, it will look similar. “For me, India is not just a country, it’s a continent,” he says.
The story of the film revolves around a successful baby food company’s product that is mixed with spurious ingredients, the large-scale consumption of which ultimately results in problems like diarrhea and dehydration and eventually, a few deaths. “It’s a very real problem today,” says Cédomir, adding that the film will star a young protagonist.
History was made!
The tragic war drama, No Man’s Land, tells the story of two wounded soldiers — a Bosniak and a Bosnian Serb — in the midst of the Bosnian war, struggling to survive after they find themselves stuck in a lose-lose situation in no man’s land.
The film went on to win an Academy Award and beat out films like Audrey Tautou’s Amélie and Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan in
It also won trophies at the Golden Globe Awards and Cannes Film Festival that year. In all, the film has won 42 awards.