Indian cinema is entering a "golden period" and it is only a matter of time before an Indian film gains global acclaim and box office success, Bollywood star Anupam Kher said.
Kher added that the success of Slumdog Millionaire, a British-produced film with an all-Indian cast based on a novel written by an Indian author, had given increased credibility to the country's film industry. "This is the golden period of Indian cinema," Kher said, while on a visit to his acting school in west London, dubbed a "Bollywood Academy".
"Audiences are much more educated now. Any cinema anywhere in the world, in any country, depends on what kind of audience they are catering to, because it is a business also. He continued: "It's only going to get better now, because I don't think audiences are going to get regressive. They are going to be progressing throughout." Asked whether, on the heels of "Slumdog", a fully-Indian film could win plaudits and achieve success worldwide, Kher was unequivocal: "Of course it's going to happen." "Most of our films, they may be not English-language films, but they are movies that are being made now which are of international standard and they are doing wonderful business and also getting critical acclaim."
Kher noted that the success of Slumdog had "brought a certain stature and dignity to Indian cinema" but acknowledged that "having said that, after all, it is a (British director) Danny Boyle film."
Slumdog, a rags-to-riches love story about an orphan who fights his way out of Mumbai slums on an Indian television game show, scooped four awards at the Golden Globes on the weekend.