There has been a long-time connect between the Indian and United States film industries in various trends and making of cinema, said US Consul General in Chennai Robert G Burgess.
He said this during the inauguration of INSPIRE 18 – International Summit on Film Making – at MOP Vaishnav College for Women in the presene of film personalities from across the world, on Thursday.
Burgess explained about a lot of connects and similarities between Hollywood and the Indian film industries.
“Some major epic movies like Avatar and Life of Pi were made in India in terms of the VFX part, while, the names of Tom Cruise and George Clooney are so related with the households of India. We have a huge fan base for actors like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan and Amitabh Bachchan there in the US.”
Further, Burgess said, “There is also a greater connect in terms of business. A lot of American movies are shot in Indian locations and vice-versa. We could see a lot of employment and workmanship evident in both the countries for a foreign film. In the same context, when we see the Indian digital effects industry, it is likely to make business worth $ 1.2 billion in the coming years.”
Veteran actress, dancer and former parliamentarian Vyjayanthimala Bali, addressing the gathering, said, “Cinema has evolved a lot these 100 years since its inception in India. When we see cinema among other art forms, we cannot neglect it, as it is the most powerful medium and is influential.”
“Tamil cinema has always found its way ever since the day of scientific era to the present-day contemporary cinema. Technology plays a major role in transforming the industry and creating ease for actors and technicians,” she said.
The two-day summit comprises a lot of sessions in which panelists from various walks of film industry will interact with the students and organise workshops.
Some of the important panelists are Aruvi filmmaker Arun Prabu, film critic Baradwaj Rangan, filmmaker Ram, editor Sreekar Prasad, Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage and faculty members of Vancouver Film School, Canada.