In a recent interview with Indian news agency IANS, Brad Pitt praised the Indian film industry and even voiced an interest in working on a Bollywood film in the future. “The filmmaking, I hear, has evolved a lot in India, and of late we have witnessed some good films making a presence at the Oscars and the world stage.” Pitt added, “You never know when I might decide to work in a Bollywood film and do one of those dance numbers with the whole crew in the backdrop.”
The star of Moneyball name-dropped a few notable Bollywood celebrities, including actress (and 1994 Miss World) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, with whom he nearly had a close encounter when she was cast in 2007’s Troy (she turned down the part).
The actor spent some time in India during filming of the highly controversial A Mighty Heart (he served as co-producer), which was partly shot in Mumbai. The film sparked criticism for casting Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl, the Afro-Cuban/Dutch wife of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Pitt is not the only A-list Hollywood actor to covert a seat in Bollywood. Last year, Tom Cruise and Hugh Jackman made similar statements, with Cruise going so far as to say if offered a Bollywood role he would “never say no.” [THR]
Pitt’s upcoming mob drama, Killing Them Softly, is scheduled for a Nov. 30 release.