His debut trip to India left him enthralled, but thinking. Actor Kiefer Sutherland, 46, known for the US TV series 24, was in India in late 2011 to shoot filmmaker Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
“I was in New Delhi for about two weeks. I had an amazing time there. I was there for work, so I did not have much time to travel or sightsee. But I had some of the best meals there than I’ve had in my life,” Sutherland tells us over the phone from New York before adding, “But you know what India is far too complicated a country for me to describe and surmise in a couple of sentences. You have some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. But you also have abject poverty. That is profoundly moving. When I say I had an amazing time, it’s not always made me happy. But it was a very powerful experience. And I was struck by how helpful people tried to be.”
And despite his mixed feelings, he won’t mind coming back again. “India is a place that I’d love to go back to and travel for quite some time,” says the actor, who will be seen as an ‘opportunist’ capitalist Jim Cross in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, that hits screens here on May 10.
Sutherland is also upbeat about actor Anil Kapoor working on an Indian version of the former’s popular series 24 in India. “Doing it in your language will be amazing and I think he (Anil) is fantastic. I am really excited to see what he does to that show. I really wish him all the best,” he says. Ask him if he would also do a cameo on the desi version like the way Kapoor did on his show, Sutherland says, “I’d be honoured, that would be an awful lot of fun.”