Boom time for Indian actors in Hollywood?


New Delhi, June 20 -- Jurassic World doesn't belong to America; it belongs to the whole world. And I tried to populate it with as many other actors from around the globe, as I could," said Colin Trevorrow, the director of the latest installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, in a reply to film critic Rajeev Masand, on casting actor Irrfan Khan in the film.

It's not just Jurassic World, a number of other big-ticket Hollywood films have also seen Indian actors starring in them. If actor Anil Kapoor featured in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), actor Ali Fazal did a cameo in Furious 7. Also, Irrfan was seen in the 2012 hit, The Amazing Spider-Man. In the coming days, actor Nargis Fakhri will be starring in Paul Feig's Spy, and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be spotted in the Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara-starrer, Lion.

"It's high time we (Indian actors) did it. We have some of the most brilliant actors, and it (working in Hollywood projects) makes for an interesting, exciting collaboration," says director Sabbir Khan, who directed Hollywood biggies like Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Routh and Denise Richards in cameo roles in Kambakkht Ishq (2009).

Global exposure

Irrfan, too, is happy with Indian actors going global. "The doors are opening, not just for actors, but also for technicians. The collaboration is growing. I feel we will see a lot of people [from the Indian film industry] working abroad. Hollywood is keeping an eye on India to get new stories and talent," he says.

All about creativity

"When Indian actors are cast, the makers' idea is to appeal to viewers across Asia, and not just people in India. If a film features actors of Asian origin, it tends to become more universal," says trade expert Amod Mehra.

But has the trend picked up because India is increasingly contributing to the Hollywood films' coffers? "No, it's a creative call because India accounts for just about 3-5% of a Hollywood films' global earnings," says exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi.