'I feel like a Slumdog Millionaire for having reached here'
Anil Kapoor has gone where no Indian has gone before -- the Golden Globes stage. Of course, we discount Shah Rukh Khan here, who went there as a presenter, not as part of a winning film.
Kapoor made his Prem Kumar come alive in Slumdog Millionaire, and he received a lot of praise for his work.
He shares his Globes moment with Patcy N.
So tell us about your time at the Golden Globes.
It is every actor's dream to get a world platform some day, where the whole world can see him. I was fortunate to be a small part of this film. When I reached at the Globes venue and got down from my car, I felt like I was in Mumbai, Delhi or Ahmedabad because the people were screaming and chanting 'Slumdog Slumdog'. Freida, Dev and I spoke to some of those people, and then chatted with the global media.
It is very surprising that Dev, Freida and all the kids in the film are being liked by everyone. I would like to say that this film belongs to them. This kids have created magic on the screen that none of us seasoned actors could do.
Some people are upset with the film's title.
We are a democratic country. If we had the privilege of making a film here, then others have the right to voice their opinion, and we respect that. Whether we agree with their opinion is different.
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You have also come up like your character in the film, Prem Kumar. Both of you have come up from nowhere and achieved so much.
Exactly! I started out from a small place like Chembur and see where I have reached today! Everyone wants to grow from wherever they have come. I feel like a Slumdog Millionaire for having reached here.
How will Indian cinema benefit from this movie?
Many Indians have been benefited because of this film -- whether it is the actors, technicians or others involved in this project. Sound engineer Rashid Kapoor has been nominated for the BAFTAs, A R Rahmansaab received a Golden Globe award.
We are fortunate to get recognition worldwide. But all those actors and colleagues, who have not gotten this kind of recognition but who I think are exceptional actors and should be in Hollywood, will now get the opportunity because of this film. Even technicians will get a better chance now.
We should celebrate the success of this film. We should be proud of this film because it has an Indian story, it is written by Indian author, and stars Indian actors and technicians. It has become a world phenomenon, so why shouldn't we be proud of it? If more films are shot here, it will be good for the Indian economy.
Do you think we got recognition at the Golden Globes because the director Danny Boyle is a foreigner?
We have directors, who are very capable to get us these awards. In another five years, we will see this happen to our Indian directors. This is the beginning for a very positive future. We should grab the opportunity.
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