Indo-Asian News Service
October 20, 2012 17:26 IST
Zhang Yimou was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival
Renowned Chinese filmmaker Zhang
Yimou, who is behind internationally acclaimed films like Red
Sorghu, Ju Dou and House of Flying Daggers, feels Indian
cinema has broken the stereotype of dancing and singing by
venturing into other genres as well.
"There have been lot of changes in the Indian movie
industry. Lot of movies have broken the stereotype of dancing
and singing and ventured into other genres. I would love to
get to know more about the films here," Zhang told PTI.
"For India it is singing and dancing in movies while
for China it is martial arts and kung fu. Both Asian countries
have a lot of things in common. We see lot of potential for
collaboration," he said.
Zhang, who was honoured with a lifetime achievement award
at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, said he was surprised to get
selected for the award because he does not know whether he is
popular in India.
"I was surprised to get this award from India (Indian
film festival) because I feel there is not much information
about my movies, my work over here. I don't know how popular I
am in this country. I am thankful to have received this
award," Zhang, 60, said.
"People usually think the lifetime achievement award
is the finishing time. But I see it as a starting point to
learn, constantly keep improving myself and making better
movies," he added.
Though Zhang does not follow Indian movies regularly, he
watched Aamir Khan starrer 3 Idiots.
"I recently saw 3 Idiots. There have been changes in
Bollywood industry and a lot of rapid developments. "In China
a lot of young people watch Bollywood films. Indian market is
also very attractive for our movies. Indian movies sometimes
also have a Chinese element in them," he said.
Zhang, who is famous for his lavish use of colour, feels
movie-lovers like to watch all kind of films, be it in any
"Films are a bridge of communication...that is the
beauty of movies. I think China and India are similar as both
have a long history, are very popular countries and have great
movie market. Directors from both countries are trying to
break the stereotype," he said.
Zhang's other noteworthy films are --Raise the Red
Lantern, The Story of Qiu Ju, To Live, Shanghai Triad
and Curse of the Golden Flower.
"I am grateful to all the fans. I don't know how many
fans I have here in India. but I am thankful for the support
and encouragement and that is the motive to make more good
movies and make all my fans happy," he said.