“For god’s sake, kiss.” That’s how director Fede Alvarez, whose new film Don’t Breathe is releasing in India on Friday, reacted when he chanced to see a Bollywood film.
Federico Álvarez also known as Fede Álvarez is a Uruguayan film director and screenwriter. He is best known for directing Evil Dead and Don’t Breathe, as well as his short film Ataque de Pánico!.
Fede said he still loves Bollywood, however, for its maturity. “What I love the most (about Bollywood) is the maturity of the story. The more you believe in your imagination and its beautiful stream, the better it is.”
Talking about his perception of Indian cinema, Fede told in an email interview: “Yes, I love it. I wish I could remember the title (of the Hindi film I’ve seen)! But it’s difficult to remember their titles.”
“But there was one in particular film I loved. I saw it when I was studying films and getting my Master’s degree in screenwriting in Ottawa back in 2004 – 2005. I can’t remember the title, but it was sort of, it was like the Titanic of Bollywood. The big Bollywood love stories fascinate me – that even after three whole hours of romance, they don’t even kiss. I am like for god’s sake, kiss!”
He says, “I couldn’t believe it.”
“Of course I understood it. I was like, ‘Oh my god, they’re so powerful and so interesting. Right? They leave the audience wanting more. It’s always the audience who wants it more.”
A Uruguayan filmmaker, Fede tells a tale of a group of friends who break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they will get away with the perfect heist, through Don’t Breathe. The film stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang.
There’s nothing in particular that the director feels would appeal to Indian audiences, but he says his movie is “universal” in its theme and treatment.
“That’s one of the beauties of Hollywood movies, it’s one of those things like when I’m sitting down and I’m going to write a story, I always have to have in mind that I’m not talking to just my friends and the movie is not just for me. I know that I’m making a movie and that I have to make a movie for the world and that means in this case that the scenes and the ideas that we are talking about are just universal. Everything you see in this movie is nothing of the American culture or the Uruguay culture. It’s going to be something that’s universal.”
He stressed how movies must always be about themes that are about humanity in general.
In an interview on BBC sometime ago, Shah Rukh Khan said when people in western films fall in love they kiss but ‘when we Indians fall in love we dance’. Perhaps this comment might explain to Fede the complexities of Bollywood culture. – CINEWS