`Need to bridge gap between India and west`
New Delhi: Nalin Singh, who is making his debut in Bollywood as a scriptwriter and actor with ‘Dear Friend Hitler’, says he is trying to bridge the gap between the international and Hindi film industry with scripts that cater to both the worlds.
He is playing the role of Hitler`s close associate Joseph Goebbels in the film.
"I am very clear about the kind of scripts I am choosing. My concern has been that the story should be relevant to today`s time. I am trying to bridge the gap between India and west by choosing subjects which interest both. I want to make it clear that India is not land of snakes as they think of us. We need to bring subjects and intellectual level," Singh told reporters.
"It is not only international film subjects that I have picked up, but international film subjects with an Indian connect so that they are appealing to both the worlds. I want the Bollywood industry to rise up internationally. We have done a lot of films but there is a long way to go. Subjects like these need to be told," he added.
Singh reveals he is all set to make his debut as a director with upcoming film ‘Trial of Saddam Hussein’, which intends to arouse the common man`s interest in governance, ideologies of the government and foreign policy.
"It is high time to address all the issues, including what kind of governance we want, ideologies of the government, foreign policies and our relations with our neighbours, among others."
"I don`t think the topics that I have chosen are controversial issues. Moreover, they are very topical and people don`t have much awareness about them. I am not afraid of letting the world know about these untold stories," he said.
When asked about the plot of the film, Singh said: "It is a campus-based story, it is all about my stay in Hindu College hostel (Delhi). At the hostel, we used to discuss a lot of international and domestic politics. The film will also have a day-to-day account of the court-room trial of Saddam Hussein."
"I was looking for an international subject with an Indian connection. After Hitler, I found that Saddam``s name was equally familiar in India as well as abroad," he said.