Emmy Award-winning director Cary Fukunaga watched Sultan on his maiden visit to India and found superstar Salman Khan absolutely “likeable” in the film. Carry, best known for his critically acclaimed TV series True Detective, was in India last month as part of the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. The director, who travelled to parts of South India on his trip to the country, happened to watch Sultan.
“We had these long drives to Madhurai so, I had time in the car to watch movies. I thought it (Sultan) was great. He (Salman) is tremendously likeable. He is like a gentle giant,” Cary said. The director said, while in India, he made sure he ate the best of local cuisines. The 39-year-old filmmaker has often delved into different cultures through his films, talking about Mexican gang life in his debut Sin Nombre, to chronicling the story of a child soldier in Africa in Beats of No Nation.
While in India, Cary tried to understand Hinduism and said whenever he sets a story in a new culture, he tries to get into the details. “The thing which was very difficult to understand in India, is Hinduism. I wrapped my head around it. It is so vast and large… Like for example, Diwali is happening. If I am writing a story, I try to figure out how people are celebrating it, suffering through it, what are the consequences… Just try to create context, first in broad strokes, then in small strokes, the details.”
Though Cary made an impressive feature film debut and followed it up with Jane Eyre, it was True Detective which made all the heads turn. True Detective follows a pair of Louisiana State Police homicide detectives and their pursuit of a serial killer over a 17-year-period. Cary directed the first season of the crime drama show which starred Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson among others. While the first season became a rage across the world, the second season, on which Cary was an executive producer, received disappointing reviews.
When asked if he was disappointed with it, Cary said, “No. It wasn’t my problem… I still think it was a good story. Whether people react to it or not in a positive way, I have no control over that. May be if it came out this year, people would’ve reacted differently. Who knows.” The filmmaker has now set his eyes to adapt two novels for his feature works, something which he is really kicked about. “I am adapting two novels right now. A non-fiction story called ‘The Black Count’ and Mark Helprin’s A Soldier of the Great War, about an Italian soldier during world war 1. It is kind of an adventure and love story which takes place in northern Italy.” Cary said the casting process has not begun yet as the adaptations are still in pre-production stage.