Jackie Chan: 'I'll work in Bollywood at a discount'



Mumbai, June 20 -- Flanked by an entourage of bouncers, Hollywood superstar Jackie Chan entered Delhi's Siri Fort Auditorium as the crowds went berserk. Chan, 59, who was in the capital on Tuesday (June 18) to inaugurate the China Film Festival organised by the India China Economic and Cultural Council, spoke to us.

We asked if we'd ever see him in an Indian film, and the legend said, "By all means, yes. I love the music and dance sequences in Indian films. As long as I can get an exciting script, I'm even willing to give a discount (to Bollywood producers). I'm also open to collaborations between the Indian and Chinese film industries."

Is he in touch with his Indian actor-friend, Mallika Sherawat? "Yes. We talk on the phone frequently. She is a very strong woman," he said. The actor, however, seemed a bit confused when asked about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is a known face on the Hollywood circuit. On whether he'd be willing to work with her, after a brief pause, he said, "Can't say."

On what he thought of Asians being stereotyped in Hollywood, Chan said, "You can't blame them. We stereotype foreigners and Americans in our films too. But Hollywood, even if difficult to break into, is open to talent. I started out as an action star, but I am grateful to (actor) Will Smith for helping me break the mould."

The actor, who started his career at the age of six, attributes his fitness to his fans, saying, "My fans keep me motivated... I am not young anymore, but my audience loves me, and that is why I take risks."

Chan, who has been a part of hit films such as the Rush Hour series, Shanghai Noon (2000), Shanghai Knights (2003) and Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 (2008 and 2011), said that he is not only a fan of Indian food, but also craves delicacies such as "poppadom (papad), Rogan Josh, Kadhai Chicken and biryani".