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By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Suneel Darshan is going global! He has decided to put up a stall at the famed Cannes Film Festival and showcase his catalogue to the world market.
"A majority of my films have done remarkable business in Britain, South Africa, Gulf and Fiji. If the films can prove lucrative business propositions in these countries, I am sure the rest of the world will embrace my cinema with equal enthusiasm. In fact, the success of my last few films in the Overseas territory has propelled me to take my catalogue to Cannes and explore territories that were hitherto unexplored by Hindi film-makers," Suneel reveals.
Suneel's critics strongly feel that his films tackle traditional Indian themes, for which he has received a fair amount of criticism too. "Criticism doesn't bother me. I am going to Cannes to promote my cinema. With the world slowly waking up to Bollywood, I want to give them a taste of traditional Indian cinema. What's the harm if I do so?" he asks.
After making a series of films with Akshay Kumar, Suneel is now promoting Bobby Deol in a big way. "You'll agree that Bobby's market in the Overseas territory was quite low before Barsaat and Dosti. These two films changed Bobby's fortunes, so much so that a Humko Tumse Pyaar Hai has also enjoyed a good run in U.K., faring much better than films like Family, Zinda and even Taxi No 9211. Bobby's work has also caught the attention of Aditya Chopra, who has also signed him for one of his forthcoming films," he states.
There's talk that Suneel has once again roped in Bobby for his next venture, which will witness the actor portraying a negative role. Co-starring in the film is the new kid on the block, Upen Patel. "I wouldn't like to reveal much at this juncture since I am keen to announce the film with a bang," Suneel doesn't deny the development. The film is expected to roll in June. Watch this space!