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Leo to save Indian tigers

entertainment Updated: Jul 12, 2010 13:04 IST
Damini Purkayastha
Damini Purkayastha
Hindustan Times
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Leonardo DiCaprio plans to come to India. Not for a film, though — the Hollywood superstar hopes to come to the country to champion the cause of tigers. DiCaprio says, “Yeah, I do have plans to travel to India to support the cause of tigers.”

That’s not his only association with India. "I have seen Lagaan and loved the film. It was fantastic," says the actor, who will next be seen in Inception, directed by LeonardoChristopher Nolan. "Also, Dileep Rao, an Indian origin actor, plays Yusuf in Inception; so that too makes for my association with India," he laughs.

In spite of his wide range of roles, DiCaprio remains popular to every Indian fan, for his role as Jack, from the film, Titanic. Ask him if that bothers him and he replies, “No, not at all. As a matter of fact, I am delighted. Titanic released over a decade ago and I appreciate that Jack Dawson is still lingering in the audiences’ mind.”

Talking about Inception, which releases next week, he says, “When I first heard the storyline, I thought it was a freaky concept. After the narration, I was blown away!”

Like most celebs, DiCaprio believes in the power of Twitter to support a cause. “Twitter is the new buzzing place and is both a convenient and an influential medium. See the number of people out there — that includes the President of the United States too,” he says.