Bollywood has garnered greater notice than Hollywood: Amitabh Bachchan

Added by harini on Sep 13, 2011

Congratulatory messages are pouring in for Amitabh Bachchan on his Hollywood debut in the movie adaptation of the classic ‘The Great Gatsby’.

But Amitabh Bachchan though thrilled about this doesn’t think it’s much of a big deal. In fact, he wrote in his blog that Bollywood has more viewers when compared to Hollywood cinema.

“Indian actors are a recognizable force outside Indian shores as well. I may be wrong in my assessment here, but it has been statistically proven that a larger number of the world population watches Indian movies as opposed to Hollywood - 3.8 billion to 3.2 billion”, he wrote.

“Stars from India getting global celebrity managers is an individual decision. Perhaps you are unaware, but many already do.Hollywood is a richer entity and has the advantage of a more universal language, but there are several examples that I have been personally witness to, where the Indian stars, with all due respect, has garnered greater notice than his Hollywood counterpart," he added.

While the Indian media is going berserk over the fact that Amitabh Bachchan’s name comes at the end in the credits filled with the biggest names in Hollywood, Amitabh Bachchan said that it was obvious that Hollywood celebrities would be in the spot light.

"At the end of the day we must remember a most basic fact. We are the Indian film industry and they are Hollywood from America. There shall always be a prominence to American actors in Hollywood, just as there is a prominence of Indian actors in Indian films. A Shah Rukh, Salman or Aamir may well be an unknown face in one of the towns in Midwest USA, but so would a Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise in Yavatmal or Giridih," he posted. 

"How many foreign stars have you noticed gaining prominence in Hollywood apart from that odd Omar Sharif, Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee? Even British artists, which really should be considered, nation wise, as individuals from the same community, have a limited presence. And how many Hollywood stars do we see in our films? Forget Hollywood, even artists from regional cinema in India have a rare presence in our own films - Hindi film artists in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam or Bengali films and vice versa," he added.

He also wrote that his appearance in the movie is just a small cameo and he is doing it as a gesture on his part.

“(Baz Luhrmann) He called last month and wondered if I would do this small role in his film and I agreed. It is a gesture,” he posted.

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