Indian films may be ignored at the Oscar Awards but Indian actors are revered by the west.
Many Indian actors have been approached in the past for Hollywood films like Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan etc from Bollywood and down South both legends Rajinikanth and Kamal Hassan but most of our actors have declined these offers due to either puny character or not the lead role.
Recently rumor mills are abuzz that National Film Award-winning Indian actor Dhanush has been approached by Iranian filmmaker Marjane Satrapi for his upcoming film THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR WHO GOT TRAPPED IN AN IKEA CUPBOARD that deals with Indian magician, who is on a secret mission in Paris.
Marjane Satrapi briefing about his choice of Dhanush said, “The script demands an actor from Indian origin hence I watched many Indian actors but eventually zeroed upon Dhanush for his intelligence, his killer smile, his ability to enter fully into the skin of the character he played (and I can go on and on forever) made me confident that he was the one.”
Dhanush will be seen playing the lead role opposite KILL BILL star Uma Thurman. The shooting of the film is scheduled to start by mid 2016 and will take place in parts of India, France, Italy and Morocco.
From Bollywood many actors like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Om Puri, Sayeed Jaffery, Amrish Puri, Shashi Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Irrfan Khan, Gaurav Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Nimrat Kaur, Mallika Sherawat Sonu Sood etc have acted in Hollywood films but from South Indian cinema none of the actors have made their debut in Hollywood.
Kamal Haasan was in talks with THE LORD OF THE RINGS producer Barrie Osborne and was planning an Indian story in Hollywood style but things did not materialized.