It’s been nearly three years now since his Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire was shot in India, but film-maker Danny Boyle can’t get over the country. "I miss Mumbai so much," says Boyle, whose daughter stays in Bangalore.
Currently busy promoting his film 127 Hours and finalising plans as the artistic director of the 2011 Olympics, Boyle has already planned his next visit to India. "Immediately, after my Olympics project," he says.
Boyle can’t stop raving about his experience of working with Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor. "Anil is fluent in English, yet he’d always be nervous whether he was getting it right," says Boyle.
While shooting Slumdog, Boyle recalled spending days at Kapoor’s home eating Indian food and says rice and dal works best for him. Having worked in different film industries, Boyle feels actors all over the world are the same, but, Indian actors are just a little bit better. "Indian actors are richer in their style — you just need to tell them if you want a high pitched expression or a toned down one." He believes that Hollywood is fast waking up the potential of Indian stars quickly — not only talent-wise, but for a better market as well.
"I think Mission Impossible 4 is going to get a huge benefit from Anil’s association." Though he agrees that there’s a certain stereotyping, when it comes to dishing out roles to Indian-origin actors, he’s positive that it’s fast changing. "The colour of your skin is irrelevant in these times,"
His only problem with Bollywood actors: “They are all so busy, it’s so hard to get them at length,” he says. “It’s get frustrating at times.”