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Aamir is a household name: Tom Malloy

Hollywood actor-producer Tom Malloy says he is keen to meet Bollywood stars and filmmakers, exploit opportunities in the film industry

bollywood Updated: Jun 18, 2012 16:06 IST
Dibyojyoti Baksi
Dibyojyoti Baksi
Hindustan Times

Hollywood actor-producer Tom Malloy says he is keen to meet Bollywood stars and filmmakers, exploit opportunities in the film industry

What brought you to India?
India’s rich culture, art and, of course, Bollywood has fascinated me, so it has been on my must-visit list for a while now. As this is my first visit to the country, I see it as an opportunity to learn about Indian culture, make some friends and explore the fascinating world of Bollywood.

British PM David Cameron with wife Samantha

Since you are looking forward to meeting Bollywood stars here, are you looking to collaborate on an Indian film?

I would love to be involved in a Bollywood project at some point of my life. But I’m in India wearing my producer’s hat, rather than my actor’s hat. Having said that, a good plan is one that’s flexible, so I cannot disregard opportunities that would come my way.

When you think of Bollywood, which stars come to mind instantly?
Amitabh Bachchan is a legend, and Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan have become household names in the US as well. Their work has been appreciated the world over.

Are there any specific Indian actors/directors/producers you intend to meet in India?
I am meeting quite a few interesting people during my visit and hope to come back again and cover more ground. I look forward to sharing my experience with a few film schools in Mumbai. That way I get to meet the future talents of the Indian film fraternity. I eagerly look forward to one such event at the Whistling Woods International (Goregaon). Additionally, I will also share my experience with students at the Digital Academy Film School (Andheri).

What is your impression of Bollywood films?
I think Bollywood went global a long time ago and the quality of films made today match those in the west. The very fact that Hollywood professionals are interested in Bollywood says a lot about the kind of chord Indian cinema is striking back home.

What are the other cities that you are planning to visit?
This time I am in Mumbai. I hope to visit Jaipur, Delhi, Goa and a few other cities up north the next time.

Malloy’s guidelines...
Offers tips to aspiring moviemakers
Get yourself a great script, but for that you need to know what kind of story engages the audience, for which you need in-depth knowledge of cinema. So, I’d recommend movie-watching sessions for all wannabe moviemakers, with a special focus on classics.
Once you have a vision, hang on to it by roping in the right cast and crew.

Fix your budget and reach out to investors with passion and conviction. Don’t be afraid to ask for the number of dollars you think you need.

Once you have raised your money, start the process of making a film with an experienced producer who knows what he is doing. The key to success is experience and expertise.

Once you are ready with your movie, understand your market by asking yourself who would want to see your movie and grab them with your promos and publicity. It’s also important to find the right distributors. You could make a film like Slumdog Millionaire (2008) set in India, shoot the drama like an action film and widen its reach to a global audience. On the flip side, my romantic musical, Love ’N Dancing (2008), was a well-executed film that suffered from bad marketing.

-Roshmila Bhattacharya

First Published: Jun 18, 2012 12:38 IST