US based actress Devika Bhise who will be seen opposite Dev Patel in Ramanujan’s biopic, ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is not averse to acting in Bollywood provided she gets the right substantial role that can make a difference. While among directors she admires Anurag Kashyap and Ashutosh Gowariker’s works among actors, one person who Devika would like collaborate with is Aamir Khan.
Talking to The Indian Express.com, Devika said, “I like Aamir khan a lot. He is very choosy about his movies. He doesn’t do 20 films a year. I am sure he could if he accepts everything that comes his way and make money but he picks and chooses the right projects and that is something Bollywood is moving towards which is positive.”
Devika, who plays Ramanujan’s wife Janaki in the movie, said that she had to go through a series of auditions to convince the producers about her Indianness to play the role. Talking about the physical transformation undertaken to look her part, Devika said, “It wasn’t about finding a doppelganger of these people. To capture the essence of character was more important. As far as costumes go, I wore the nine yard traditional sari. There is a difference in the way a Tamil iyer and Iyenagr would tie their saris. We took into account all these details. I have not used any make-up in the movie. I am just wearing kajal.”
While Bollywood has been slowly finding more takers in the west, Devika feels it is the crossover movies like The Lunchbox that actually attract Westerners more than the usual Bollywood capers. Said Devika, “People definitely know Bollywood but it is not as big there as it is here. Over the last couple of years, a lot of crossover films like The Lunchbox have made a mark in the US. Earlier Indian exposure was not much in Hollywood. But with Priyanka Chopra coming in, it has become a big deal. Now people know who Priyanka Chopra is post Quantico. However, Bollywood doesn’t have much exposure in America. It’s the crossover films that have gained more acceptance among western audience.”
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