John Travolta: Sunday night fever!


By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, Sept. 28 -- John Travolta, the man behind two of the biggest Hollywood musicals of all time - Grease and Saturday Night Fever - is waiting to hear from Bollywood.

"I would love to work in Bollywood, but I have just never been approached by anyone. I keep hearing that people want to work with me, but none of that has ever materialised into a meeting," says the 56-year-old actor, who was honoured at the GQ Men of the Year Awards ceremony in Mumbai on Sunday.

The event saw Travolta mingle with Bollywood biggies like Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Though he hasn't heard of any Indian imitations of his style, incorporated in films like Disco Dancer (1983) by Mithun Chakraborty, he's aware of the importance of song and dance in Hindi cinema. "I love to perform, and I'm sure I will enjoy singing and dancing in Bollywood," says Travolta, adding that he does try and watch some Bollywood films, the last one he saw being Ashutosh Govarikar's Lagaan.

Travolta, who played a woman in his last musical, Hairspray, says, "They knew they needed a man to play the part, but they also needed a man to sing and dance, which is not very common any more in Hollywood, unfortunately. I thought it would be fun to create that illusion. The reactions to the film were phenomenal, because there was such a contrast from the macho roles I have played in the past. They couldn't believe I could do that. But then I grew up watching incredible women perform. We are all from that genre."

Meanwhile, the epic musical Grease's sing-along version has been recently released in the US. Asked whether India, too, could see it in theatres, Travolta, who arrived in the India last weekend for the world premiere of Breitling's limited edition wristwatch, says, "Yes. It will go around the world, and will come to India as well."