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Indian premiere of Will Smith’s Netflix film Bright

The Oscar-nominated actor Will Smith arrived in India with his Bright co-stars Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace and director David Ayer. His film Bright will release on Friday on Netflix.

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From expressing his love for Indian cuisine, getting nostalgic about time spent with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar last year and beatboxing while showing some Punjabi dance moves to Indian fans, Hollywood actor Will Smith gave a 'desi' twist to his work trip in India during the promotions of his forthcoming Netflix film Bright. Prior to the screening of Bright, he also made a public appearance and greeted his fans at High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel. The Oscar-nominated actor arrived in India with his Bright co-stars Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace and director David Ayer. The film will release on Friday on Netflix.

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Smith had surprised fans in August last year too when he dropped in Mumbai to attend Bollywood's 'Khiladi' Akshay Kumar's party. The 49-year-old confessed that he developed a taste for Indian cuisine during that trip, and credits Akshay for opening the Indian food story for him. "Last year, Akshay had a party and it was the best food that I have ever in my life. It was a little bit of everything. My favourite is chicken tikka masala," Smith told IANS.

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Smith also showed off his dancing skills when hosts Rannvijay Singha and Bani Judge requested the team to shake a leg for the Indian fans, who waited for over four hours at the venue for the actor to come on stage. Taking it a step ahead, Smith started beatboxing as Edgerton, Rapace and Ayer tried to copy Rannvijay, and eventually joined in.

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Will's film Bright is an action-thriller that takes place in an alternate present-day south Los Angeles. "One of the central aspects of why I wanted to make the movie was the flip of the social ladder (the story presents). In Bright, elves are the halves who have, and the orcs are the other halves of have-nots. Humans are in the middle. It was a great exploration for me to be able to play a character which was higher in the social ladder and to realise how everybody is just looking for a sense of superiority," Smith said at a roundtable interview in Mumbai.

will smith netflix bright premiere india

He also added, "Everybody is looking to feel better than somebody. That is what our ego does and whether it is racism or sexism or nationalism, it is really just a quest for our individual and collective ego to feel like we are good enough. We feel we are good enough by being better than someone else. I never comprehended that before playing this character. To think about this perspective was deeply spiritual and intellectually informative." Smith also said that the movie is an "interesting exploration of how we treat each other".

will smith netflix bright premiere india

Director David Ayer also adds, "It is an entertaining movie. There is fun and action. It shows a great relationship between Will and Joel, but it also has a message in there because it is a bit of fairy tale. It is a safe way to talk about things. I just hope some people will open their eyes a little bit and open their heart a little bit (after watching the film)."

will smith netflix bright premiere india

Bright tells the story of two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, who get stuck but bond and get to know each other during a rough night. There are racial undertones and puts spotlight on diversity as well as the class divide. To Edgerton, Bright is reminiscent of "when you put a bunch of different cultures and expect they could all integrate".

will smith netflix bright premiere india

Noomi Rapace, on the other hand, feels Bright is a multi-layered story, and can be watched again and again.

(with inputs from IANS)