US director Steven Spielberg is planning to produce a film set partly on the de facto border problem between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region. Steven Spielberg, who is currently in India’s entertainment capital Mumbai, told the media that the film would be produced by his DreamWorks Studios and its Indian partner Reliance Entertainment, which is headed by Anil Ambani. The 66-year-old Steven Spielberg is reportedly on his first visit to Mumbai partly to celebrate the success of his film ‘Lincoln’, which was co-produced by Reliance Entertainment. Steven Spielberg is best known for classic hits such as Jaws, E.T and Jurassic Park.
I saw the horror movie ‘JAWS’ (released in 1975) couple of times and every time got the same ‘startling’ feeling of fear whenever the giant-size Shark ‘Jaws’ jumped onto the screen. When the Hindi epic movie ‘Sholay’ was directed by Ramesh Sippy around same time in 1975 – everyone started comparing Ramesh Sippy with Steven Spielberg known for box office hits in Hollywood – such was the impact of ‘Sholay’ on the box office earnings in India. When first released, ‘Sholay’ opened to a tepid response, but as word-of-mouth spread, audiences gave the film a chance and soon it became a box office phenomenon, ultimately making it the highest grossing film of 1975 and the biggest hit of the ’70s decade. Even today, it is referred to as a ‘perfect’ cult movie, like ‘Good Bad and Ugly’ the Hollywood western cowboy movie is referred to.
Something striking about Steven Spielberg – he gets totally involved in his film-making and dares to walk on the less traveled path. Another successful movie ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ was directed by Steven Spielberg in 1984. Though I like the ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’ a lot more.
Reliance Entertainment has done a good beginning by signing on Steven Spielberg and forming an alliance with his company ‘DreamWorks Studios’ to make great entertaining movies. This joint effort should be pursued further in the coming years, thereby creating similar ‘State of the Art’ studios in the outskirts of Mumbai city like it has been done in Los Angeles, California.