Steven Spielberg Planning Film Set on India-Pakistan Border
Steven Spielberg dropped some exciting news for his Mumbai hosts during a whirlwind trip to India. In an interview Monday with the Times of India, the filmmaker revealed that he plans to produce a movie set along the border between India and Pakistan, in the politically troubled Kashmir region.
"We have finalized a script for a movie," he said. "Part of it will take place on the India-Pakistan border in Kashmir. But we're still trying to figure out the casting, locations and who's going to direct it."
Spielberg has been in Mumbai since Monday morning with his wife Kate Capshaw, reportedly celebrating the success of Lincoln with DreamWorks’ Indian financial backer Anil Ambani, the billionaire chairman of Reliance Group. Spielberg said the new India-set project will be produced by DreamWorks and Reliance Entertainment.
On Monday night, the multiple Oscar winner took part in a wide-ranging 90-minute Q&A session with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan. A handpicked audience of more than 50 distinguished Bollywood film figures were in attendance.
The new Spielberg-produced India project will be the celebrated filmmaker’s first foray in the country in three decades. He most recently shot there in 1983 for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He also filmed portions of Close Encounters of the Third Kind in India in the mid-’70s.