Though it’s been 25 years since filmmaker Tarsem Singh shifted to the US, he is miffed that his fame is a post Slumdog Millionaire effect due to his Indian origin.
“I don’t think I am an outsider in Hollywood. I get the same chances everybody else does. Artists are perceived normally here, and nationality rarely enters the picture. I’ve been treated well, Slumdog or no Slumdog,” says Singh, who also confesses his love for India. “I miss India sometimes. After all, I grew up there,” he says.
Fond of Mithun Chakraborty starrer Disco Dancer and actor Aamir Khan’s Lagaan, Singh reveals he hasn’t seen much of Bollywod, but would love to direct a movie about India in the future. Not many know Singh last visited India in 2008 to shoot some sequences for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt in Varanasi.
After tasting success with his last film, Immortals, Singh has now helmed the comedy fantasy flick, Mirror Mirror. “I felt like doing a family movie now,” he says. As for the criticism he has received for the film overseas, Singh says, “I’m unfazed by the mixed reactions.”