BlockbusterThis emerged during a post-lunch walk. I offer this without any trace of mockery.
There has been so much talk of "crossover" films in the last couple of years. In essence, it's a euphemism for taking Bollywood bigtime into the US and other Western minds. I have an even better solution. The best possible "international" film would be the following:
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mithun Chakaborty, Rajnikanth. Plus one Asian heroine: Michelle Yeoh perhaps. Or even Angelina Jolie.
Produced by: Ashok Amritraj
Directed by: John Woo
The reason for choosing this group is that they have been able to offer unpretentious "ACTION" action successes in the past. Where most of the "global" filmmakers have gone astray has been in applying too much mind-power, shaving off universality because of thought given to locales and dialogues and messy relationships. Whereas action-adventure is more universally liked. You won't quite get family audiences in large numbers but a movie of this kind would pave the way for more meaningful collaborations.
The casting of the male stars is to capture a large geographical chunk: Rajni brings in South India, South East Asia and the Far East. Mithun draws in Heartland India and Africa. Van Damme & Woo bring in the international action audience.
The only hitch will be the film title. How can anyone come up with an explosive, high-octane name that will do justice to all of these guys?
Disclaimer: I'm not a Van Damme fan, have watched only a fraction of Mithun & Rajni stuff than most others, so I'm not an expert on their films. However, this is the kind of billing that would attract even people like me.