Wong Kar Wai Keen to Work With Bollywood Stars

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The Hong Kong director's wishlist includes Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan

Acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai says he is keen to work with Bollywood talent such as Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan.

The 56-year-old Hong Kong director spoke at the International Film Festival of India in Goa, where he was honored with a lifetime achievement award Sunday. His latest film The Grandmaster was the festival's closing film.
“I think there is loads of talent in Bollywood and I am a big fan of Bollywood films,” Wong said in an interview with news agency Press Trust of India. “Bollywood films are full of fun. If time allows me or if any projects are there I would like to work with people like Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir Khan. I feel working with them would be very nice.”

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Shah Rukh Khan's latest release was Happy New Year. Aamir Khan will next be seen in one of the most awaited releases of the year, PK, scheduled for release on Dec. 19 by Disney India.

Wong also added that he was a “great admirer of Satyajit Ray, and I have watched many of his films.” Wong shared that he followed Bollywood films and recently saw breakout hit The Lunchbox. The debut feature from Ritesh Batra was released in the US by Sony Pictures Classics. “I heard he (Batra) is a first time director, but I think he is a very promising talent,” said Wong. 

This year's festival saw China as the focus country following the recent co-production treaty signed between India and China. Said Wong: “Both countries have one of the oldest civilizations in this continent. Each country is very active in the film industry. We have many things in common."

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