Marisa Tomei: 'Indian actors are very popular in the US'


By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, April 11 -- She may have three Academy Award nominations and one golden statuette adorning her shelf, but actor Marisa Tomei is in awe of India and Bollywood actors.

"Indian actors are hugely talented. They bring their own aura to the performances they give. I have heard of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, all of the superstars back home. They enjoy a lot of popularity in the US," says the 46-year-old, who was recently seen in The Lincoln Lawyer, alongside actors Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Phillippe.

Marisa goes on to add, "Bollywood has made an impact, the world over. Artistes from India have been working in Hollywood since a long time, and now they're getting the recognition they always deserved."

Her tryst with India doesn't end here. "I have done a few films which have Indian connections like The Guru and the one (The Perez Family) that I'd done with Mira Nair," says Marisa, who has seen Lagaan and Gandhi, and even visited the tropical country.

The actor is also upbeat about Indian technicians working in Hollywood movies. Having tried Bengali and Punjabi cuisine, Tomei is yearning to gorge on south Indian food on her next visit. Meanwhile, Tomei is busy winning kudos for her performance in The Lincoln Lawyer, a gritty crime drama. "It's really a gritty and dramatic character-based, character-driven story. I think people will be surprised when they see it. I really do," she says.