Mumbai: As a desi who is often made fun of around the world for our Bollywood song-and-dance movies, we take this moment as our proudest ever. Because guess what, Christopher Nolan just said he watched the goddamn amazing Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali and thought it was the most ‘extraordinary’ piece of work!Nolan has recently watched legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali and the ace Hollywood director says he is willing to learn more about Indian cinema.
“I have had the pleasure of watching Mr Ray’s Pather Panchali recently, which I hadn’t seen before. I think it is one of the best films ever made. It is an extraordinary piece of work. I am interested in learning more about Indian film industry and that is the reason why I came,”he says.
The 47-year-old director, who is in India on a three-day trip along with visual artist Tacita Dean to promote the cause of film preservation and restoration, said his aim during his stay is to meet Indian filmmakers and get the better understanding of cinema culture here.
“Obviously, Tacita and I want to spread our message about reframing the feature films as broadly as possible. And India being the largest film industry in the world is an essential part of that.” Nolan said in a group interview.
The director filmed a pivotal sequence of his 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises in Jodhpur and he says, “I would love to come back to shoot for longer”.
Met Mr.Christopher Nolan. Apologized for seeing Dunkirk in the digital format and in return am sending Hey Ram in digital format for him to see. Was surprised to know he had seen Paapanaasam. ? pic.twitter.com/iTPgQOZCMH
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Nolan, who shot his latest release Dunkirk on 65mm stock and has been vocal about his fondness for film as a medium, said it is important to preserve the traditional format for future generation.
The Dunkirk director says“Indian filmmakers and get the better understanding of cinema culture here.”
“The other reason why I wanted to come here was from a selfish point of view. I wanted to meet Indian filmmakers and learn more about India. I am looking forward to watching more Indian films in future,”he conclude.