Ben Affleck: 'Hats off to Indian filmmakers'


By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, Oct. 19 -- His directorial ventures have earned him standing ovations and critical praise, but Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck is floored by the directorial prowess of Indian filmmakers.

"I have watched a couple of Bollywood films and was amazed! Hats off to all the Indian filmmakers, who can so beautifully weave all human emotions in films. I don't think I could do that as a director," says the 40-year-old American, who'd also like to show India to his kids - Violet, Seraphina and Samuel, with actor-wife Jennifer Garner.

"I would love to visit India sometime soon and get my girls to see the Taj Mahal and other historic monuments in the country," he says.

Asked if he would some day like to direct a film on the India-Pakistan conflict as well, Affleck doesn't mind. "Why not? I will be very keen indeed if there is an interesting script or story set in this region. It is common knowledge now about the geopolitical importance of this region in world politics today and in the coming future," says the actor, who is currently bagging applause for his fifth directorial venture, Argo.

The film is loosely based on the historical rescue of six US diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. It hits Indian screens today. "It's sort of too incredible to be believed you know. You have this thriller, you have a comedy, you have a story about how the CIA used a cover of basically being a movie crew to get these hostages out of Iran. It would be a terrible movie if it weren't true," he says.

His career suffered a setback with back to back flops until he got a new lease of life with Gone Baby Gone in 2007. "I got a kind of second go on a career in Hollywood by directing. I wouldn't have been able to be a director at a really younger point in my life because I didn't know how to work this hard."