National Award winning actor Sunny Deol, who is busy promoting his film "I Love New Year", is contented with Indian audience and doesn't feel the need to go to the Oscars.
"What is the need for Indians to go to the Oscars? (Indians ko Oscar jaane ki zaroorat kya hai?). Aren't we happy here? Make the Indian audience happy. We have a population of 130 crore, is it not enough?" Sunny Deol told reporters during the theatrical trailer release of "I Love New Year" Monday.
In his 30 years' acting journey, the 56-year-old bagged two National Awards for "Ghayal" and "Damini" and says they came as a surprise to him.
"Everybody has an individual take on it. I am not a believer of these things (Oscars). I was surprised when I got the National Award. I was like how the hell did I get it?"
Media shy Sunny talked candidly at the event and said: "Everything is manipulated these days. Things are such that we ourselves give the news and read the other day."
Known for his action roles, the actor's "I Love New Year" is a romantic comedy.
"As an actor I want to do everything. With comedy, it gets gentler... in action, it's much about fighting. My fans should also see the other side of me," he said.
Co-directed by Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao, "I Love New Year" also features Kangna Ranaut in the female lead and is slated for an April 26 release.
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The Academy Awards are more legit than all of the Indian awards combined. They take films into consideration that may have not even earned a $1 in profit. Try finding that in India.
HOWEVER, India does have ENORMOUS talent, from filmmaking to acting. The sad thing is that the actors and technical groups never get the chance to showcase their talent because they are not related to the existing filmmakers and actors.
The other problem is that the audience still like masala fims, so people with talent, such as Kareena Kapoor and some other actors, have succumbed to movies like Dabangg 2 (Fevicol Se) and Golmaal 3 instead of more movies like Chameli.
Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor carefully choose their films which is why they are critically acclaimed.
There is a shift occurring in India where better movies and actors with better skills are emerging. Barfi was amazing due to the actors and mainly the ingenious directer, Anurag Basu. We also had English Vinglish this year which was based on a middle aged woman...I can't believe people appreciated this film! There was NO item song!?!?!?!?! So in my opinion, there is hope! HOWEVER, we still had to sit through Student of the Year...a movie with an incomplete character progression, and choppy scenes. The acting could have been MUCH better as well yet this movie earned nominations.
All I'm saying is that the Indian award shows should stop being biased and should look at the movies that are critically acclaimed verses the movies that earned a lot. Also, people with talent should be hired even if they are poor with no connection to the industry.
I agree with Sunny, whats the big deal with Oscars? Ive seen the Oscar winning movies in recent times. Most of them are slow and extremely boring. I'd rather watch really good Indian movies like Barfi, Vicky Donor, English Vinglish which are entertaining as well as have a social message! Oscars are overdone and overhyped! Indians obsess with the Oscars because of slavish mentality and fascination with everything foreign.
I disagree with the first comment here.. India has a lot of talent. Infact I bet 80% of the Hollywood actors won't be able to compete with our Bollywood stars if it came to dancing! Even in acting we have brilliant stars like Irfan Khan, Nazeerudin Shah, Jimmy Shergill etc. I don't think people should underestimate Bollywood.
They don't go...India had a chance with Deepa Mehta's Water, but since they banned she entered it via Canada and got a nomination. If you don't make more original and powerful films--you ain't gonna get there. Lookat Amour from austria...amazing!
Sunny the truth is that India never produces any quality movies that would be enjoyed on the international stage, every year you see the same old recycled crap. Indian actors cannot compete with the actors in Hollywood because there is no talent.
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