‘Kids in India relating to Hollywood superheroes’

Kolkata, Jan 22 (IANS) Filmmakers Imtiaz Ali and Aditya Vikram Sengupta on Friday questioned the need for superhero films in Hindi, specifically when India has its rich mythology to draw from.

“Children in India are relating to it (films like ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and ‘Avengers’). Why do they need to see it in Hindi? Are they getting dissatisfied because of the language,” Ali countered a query from an audience member at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet here on Friday.

He was asked whether there is a gap between Hollywood and Hindi films in the genre of superhero films for kids.

Ali explained that though Bollywood films like “Krrish” have been successful, Hollywood keeps churning out enough superhero entertainers.

“For the audience of superheroes in India, do we need to make films in Hindi specifically or is Hollywood doing the job already? So why do we try to fit into that slot,” he asked.

The “Tamasha” maker expressed his desire to “make a superhero type of movie which perhaps could be from Indian mythology”.

The National Award winner Sengupta added to the discussion by saying that Indian mythology is replete with superheroes like Hanuman.

“I heard from someone that the US doesn’t have a rich mythology as we have and so they have the superheroes to make up for it,” observed Sengupta.

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