The ability to match dance steps to the tones of music between clips and action moments in the lives of the rollers is an art that Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal feels that Bollywood has mastered, which makes him a big fan of everything that is desi.
We talk to him about his love for India and more. Extract:
Do you know anything about Indian culture?
Oh, yes, I know a lot about Indian culture, food and movies. In fact, Indian culture is so beautiful, even Indian literature. I happen to be reading a fantastic book right now. I mean, there are so many things about India that are incredible.
Does Indian culture inspire you as an actor or person in any way?
I am inspired by Indian culture, especially Indian movies. The Bollywood movies are so inspiring to me … the creativity in them, so much of the acting in them. I think the skill that so many Bollywood actors have is simply second to none.
What is it about Bollywood that makes you most excited?
Being able to sing, dance and act at the same time is a real requirement, which we do not really have that much in Hollywood. I have so much admiration for the filmmaking and acting that comes from India.
But what about the food?
I have not started (talking) about the food, which is probably number one for me. In addition, I mean the colors, fashion is incredible in the country.
First of all, are you a foodie then?
I continue to include food in my conversations because it is of the utmost importance to me. I love it. I love food from India or Los Angeles.
So, have you ever been to India?
I was there just a few years ago, just before the pandemic. I feel blessed to have been able to go and be there even for a short time. You’ve found a big fan of India in me.
When you talk about your work, you have brought different shades of complicated men on the screen. Do you think you will be attracted to choosing heavyweights?
Well, that’s not necessarily true. For example, my character in Ambulance is a complicated person because he has been brought up in a certain way, due to which he plans to rob a bank. But his intention is to help his brother, who comes from a good place.
You have recorded several movies in cramped spaces. What are the challenges and difficulties of working in a cramped space?
In the case of a project like Guilty, the situation was very favorable, as these limitations and limitations sometimes give way to incredible creativity. It encourages you to bring your tools and experiences. But when a film like Ambulance is shot in a small space, it showed us real space for an ambulance, which became really difficult to act and move in and record a film for a number of months.
What impression did it leave behind?
Recording the film made me realize that people save people’s lives in these vehicles. It made me have so much admiration for first responders that I would never have known. I’ve seen ambulances pass me by many times … It made me have so much admiration for the people who actually do the real work in there.
So, do you now call them real heroes?
Yes, they drive through to keep someone alive. It’s just awesome. How to act in it could not be compared with what they do. We get our share of scratches and bruises from the hard edges, but they are the real heroes.