Veteran actor Victor Banerjee, who is known for his roles in films like A Passage to India, Kalyug, Joggers’ Park and My Brother… Nikhil, believes that some song and dance sequences are filthy in Bollywood.
The 69-year-old, who has worked with creme de la creme directors like Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Roman Polanski, Mrinal Sen and Ram Gopal Varma, says that steps performed by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, never looked crude the way it does on “our boys or girls”.
“Films don’t pull me, I don’t even watch my own films. I hardly see films. I keep saying that when MJ (Michael Jackson) performed a dance, it doesn’t look crude, but when the same thing is done by our girls or boys, it is made to look filthy,” Victor told reporters here at a press conference of the forthcoming film Thinking of Him on Monday.
“I have not had a foreign visitor that has come to our country and has seen a Hindi film that hasn’t come out saying ‘Victor my god this is soft porn, how can you let small children see it’, I ask what? ‘The song sequences’… Every foreigner… You think they are foreigners so x-rated… everyone is nude and they have sex… I mean when they see Hindi movies, they are horrified,” he added.
Victor is set to portray the role of Rabindranath Tagore from Argentinean journalist and writer Victoria Occampo’s perspective in Thinking of Him. Set to go on floors starting September 5, the cast and crew of the film was here to officially announce the making of the film along with the whole cast and crew.
Thinking of Him is a joint project of Johnsons- Suraj Films International, India and Caesar Production, Argentina. Also featuring actors Raima Sen, Argentine actor Hector Bordoni and Eleonora Wexner among others, the film is a tale of Tagore and Victoria, a woman whose impact made a drastic change in Tagore’s life. Directed by Argentine filmmaker Pablo Cesar, the film will be shot in West Bengal, Argentina and France.