‘I Would Love to Come to Shoot in India’: Indian Origin Director ShyamalanJanuary 21, 2019 10:49
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The Indian origin filmmaker and actor M. Night Shyamalan, who is known for making films with contemporary supernatural projects, said he infuses Indian influences into his work and would love to come to the country to shoot a project.
Born in Puducherry, India and raised in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, Shyamalan made his debut with the film "Praying with Anger", a story about the journey of an American-Asian student discovering his Indian roots, back in 1992.
In an exclusive interview with IANS, Shyamalan said: “I would love to come to shoot in India. I shot my very first film in India when I was in college when I was 21. I would love to come to shoot something in India. I have to think of an idea.”
He received a pat on the back with the film “The Sixth Sense” in 1999. He is also credited for projects like "The Visit", "Wayward Pines", "The Last Airbender", "The Happening", "After Earth", "Split" and "Unbreakable".
Asked how he honors his Indian roots through his work, he said: "I think it naturally happens with me.
"I was born in Puducherry and have aunts and uncles in India. My parents are very traditional and my uncles and aunts are also very traditional. My generation is kind of the first generation raised in the U.S. Though I have a mix of these influences and hopefully, the different type of values, the spiritual identities, are laced in my thrillers and you could feel that coming through."
Right now, the director is getting appreciated for converging the world of "Split" (a story about a man with over 20 different personalities who kidnaps three teenage girls) and "Unbreakable" (about David Dunn who learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating train accident) in "Glass".
The sequel to "Unbreakable" and "Split" stars Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Sarah Paulson. Disney India brought the film to India, which released on January 18.