'The more local we go, the more global we reach'

The more local we go, the more global we reach

Mumbai: The Indian film industry is making great strides internationally, said actor Ayushmann Khurrana as he endorsed going global with local content.

Citing the example of the Oscar-winning ‘The Elephant Whisperers’, the actor said that he had never imagined that a bond between man and animal would win India an Academy Award.

“10 years ago, I had gone to this wildlife sanctuary at the trijunction of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and witnessed firsthand the relationship between man and animal. I never thought that in 2023, that relationship would’ve been told worldwide and given us an Oscar,” Khurrana said at the inaugural event of the 23rd edition of ‘FICCI Frames’ in Mumbai.

He added, “The more we’re connected to our roots, the more we’ll move ahead. The more local we go, the more global we reach. Bollywood is on the cusp of global greatness. I am fortunate to be living in a time where the world has become a creative melting pot of culture.”

Directed by Kartiki Gonsalves, ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ - depicting an unbreakable bond between two abandoned elephants and their caretakers - won the short documentary Oscar, a maiden victory for India in the category. The Telugu track ‘Naatu Naatu’ from ‘RRR’ also won the best original song Oscar award, making it the first time two India-made productions bagged the cinema world’s biggest prize.

Khurrana, popular for offbeat films such as ‘Vicky Donor’, ‘Andhadhun’, ‘Article 15’ and ‘An Action Hero’, said that India is being looked at as a creative juggernaut.

“And our industry is being globally welcomed. I’ll always aspire to contribute to the world of cinema through my craft, in the choices I make and stories I tell,” he added.

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