Her film, The Hurt Locker, won six Oscars last month. And now, filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow says India is not far on her horizon. "It (a visit to India) is not far anymore. Middle East gave me some nice memories to cherish and whatever I know about India, I know it will not keep me away from visiting for long," says Bigelow, whose film was lauded for its representation of the Iraq war. "If in future, something really interesting comes up, I’d definitely work there (in India)," she adds.
Bigelow, who liked Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth, Mira Nair’s Amelia and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, says, “Slumdog... was may be just one peep into India and there is lots more to be explored. India has always been a favourite destination for our film fraternity and when an experimental work like Slumdog... is appreciated, it boosts the morale of people raring to make topical cinema.”
Ask her how she feels about elbowing out ex-husband James Cameron’s Avatar in the Oscar race, she says, “James is a very good friend and was once a partner too. I would have been equally happy had Avatar stolen the show at the Oscars this year.”
She admits that ever since The Hurt Locker, which is being released in India on April 9 by Multivision Multimedia, won the Oscars, “people see me with more respect”. “Oscars will add to the fame and glory, but I’m not going to change,” she adds.