The producer of Hollywood's big release in India today, 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1', believes the film's subject is a global phenomenon that equally resonates in India. Nina Jacobson claimed the film's audience base in Asia has grown with each installment of the popular franchise based on the books by the same name.
"The books became a big American phenomenon and then spread across the globe and we had hoped that the film would snowball into an equal global phenomenon. They have proved very popular in India and across Asia," she said. The story centres around young Katniss Everdeen, played by award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, who becomes the reluctant leader of a rebellion in the fictional land of Panem. The plot is a metaphor for modern day struggles against unfair regimes.
Hollywood star Donald Sutherland, the evil president of Panem who triggers the rebellion, hopes the films will inspire youth around the world to get involved in the political process of their countries. "Audiences all over the world will recognise their obligation to change their governments," he said. "It should act as a catalyst for young people. The Occupy movement fizzled out because it did not have a leader, and I hope the film helps generate a leader.
Oligarchs need to be brought to account; my hope is that these four films will cause young people to go to the booths and vote in the US elections in 2016," he added. The novels by Suzanne Collins titled 'The Hunger Games' and 'Catching Fire' have already proved big Hollywood successes.
The third in her trilogy, 'Mockingjay', has been produced in two parts, with the second set for release in 2015. Part 1 is already a box office hit in the US and UK, where it was released earlier this month. The India release on Friday will add to its massive overseas collections of around USD 154 million.