Irrfan Khan, Anupam Kher, Priyanka Chopra to Deepika Padukone – Indian actors are making their mark on the foreign shores. Actress Nimrat Kaur says the world is opening up for people from all culture, various walks of life and ethnicities, adding that it is a “great time for actors anywhere in the world”.
“We are such a large industry and people in the earlier days like Om Puri, Saeed Jaffrey and Amrish Puri have done such incredible work in the west and now we have Priyanka and Deepika. They have been working for almost a decade or more, and the risks that they are taking with not really knowing the end of it all for them,” Nimrat, whose work keeps her on her toes, said.
She added: “They are great role models and wonderful examples for the new inspiring lot. It’s only a matter of time before more and more people figure out a way to make it happen for them. And, the world is really opening up as well. The world that we know today is not the same as before be it London or a New York or any big city.
“You have people from all culture, various walks of life and ethnicities, so I guess it is somehow going to reflect the world we see on television and movies. It is a great time for actors anywhere in the world to be able to work anywhere.”
The critically-acclaimed actress, who has worked in films like “The Lunchbox” and “Airlift”, has made her presence felt internationally after being associated with foreign TV shows like “Homeland” and Manoj Night Shyamalan’s TV series “Wayward Pines” – which was aired in India on Star World Premiere HD.
The actress feels social media and technological advancement has opened up various avenues for artistes.
“The world is becoming a very small place. According to me, those were the days when social media was not very expansive. To work in the west was a far lesser possibility for more people than not, especially for the mainstream people,” she said.
But things have changed.
“Now, I think because of technology, I can screen test for any part sitting in Mumbai, for anywhere in the world and send my face across. I don’t think that things like these existed before… Things have changed so much for us to know that what is happening in what part of the world,” she added.
The actress was busy shooting for “Wayward Pines” in Vancouver for most of the year, and is yet to sign a new Bollywood project.By Vishal Gulati