Hollywood is very well known for the way they experiment with different storylines. Directors in Hollywood definitely know how to extract the maximum benefits from the script. They wander around the globe in search of inspirational and interesting stories that can appeal to the global audience. It may come as a surprise but the world’s biggest entertainment industry has been making big monies from stories based on Indian people or culture.
Here are certain notable films whose storylines are based on Indian plots:
1. Life of Pi (2012)
One of Oscars’ most favourite movies, the ‘Life of Pi’ is a spectacular film based on an Indian boy who survives to tell his story against all odds. This philosophical film is the survival story of ‘Pi’ Patel played by Suraj Sharma (young) and Irrfan Khan (adult) who manages to live with a Bengal Tiger after a shipwreck. Director Ang Lee truly deserved the Best Director Academy Award for the film. Shot in parts of Kerala and Pondicherry, the cinematography is visionary and demonstration of the movie makes the plot even better.
2. Gandhi (1983)
Director Richard Attenborugh tells the story of the Father of the Nation in this biopic. Actor Ben Kingsley slays the role of Gandhi in the film and won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his splendid performance. This internationally acclaimed film was so well made that it totally justified the biography of Mahatma Gandhi and the history behind the Indian struggle for freedom. What else, the film bagged eight Academy Awards in total including Best Film.
3. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Shot in the various slums of Mumbai, Slumdog Millionaire is another Oscar winning depiction of Indian culture. The adaption of the novel ‘Q & A’ by Vikas Swarup, the film is passionately directed by Danny Boyle and what a marvelous job he has done. Despite questions being raised about the portrayal of poor in India, the movie still managed to be loved and praised by everyone. Rahman’s ecstatic music and the marvelous cinematography, made the Anil Kapoor and Dev Patel starrer film a masterpiece.
4. Lion (2016)
Actor Dev Patel takes the story of a 5 year old boy who gets separated from his family on a train journey in India to deliver a performance so remarkable that even the Academy praised it. This movie depicts the story of Saroo Brierley who gets separated from his brother in the rural area of Burhanpur, MP at the age of five and reaches Kolkata by train. Later he gets adopted by an Australian couple who give him a new start of life. Twenty-five years old later, he decided to find his family and comes back to India. The movie touches the various emotional chords in the right measure being so poignant.
5. The Namesake (2007)
Based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri of the same name, The Namesake reflects the problems of lost identity of Bengali immigrants. Director Mira Nair has certainly made a place for herself in the Hollywood film industry. The film is mix of best of both worlds with actors from Bollywood like Irrfan Khan and Tabu and actors from Hollywood Kal Penn in the lead. Shot in Kolkata, The Namesake is an exploration of many Indian emotions and cultural themes.
6. Bride and Prejudice (2004)
Director Gurinder Chadha tells the story of marriage in an Indian family in this Bollywood style adaptation of the novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Actor Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Anupam Kher and Nadira Babbar, the film consists of wedding and party scenes, dance numbers and complicated feelings of love. The depiction of Indian culture is very nicely integrated in the desi version of a classic story of West.