Film veteran Jackie Shroff attends Yorkshire celebrations
He’s one of the biggest superstars in the world, and last week as India celebrated it’s centenary as a filmmaking nation, the actor flew in to Bradford to join in the festivities. Jackie is a Bollywood legend, having starred in over 150 films and is often cast as the archetypal villain. He was welcomed to the National Media Museum to view its exhibition Bollywood Icons: 100 Years of Indian Cinema, where he was interviewed by exhibition curator Irna Qureshi. He then chatted to Bradford College students about filmmaking, visited The City Hall and met the Lord Mayor of Bradford.
Talking about his trip, he said: ‘I am delighted to be visiting Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, and the National Media Museum, to join their celebrations around 100 years of Indian cinema. I know the city of Bradford has organised many events to mark this anniversary and it will be a pleasure to attend some myself, to talk about the significance of Indian cinema and see the impact it has made elsewhere in the world.’
While in the UK Jackie also appeared in a special live audience discussion for BBC Asian Network and attended a screening of his own breakthrough film, Hero, which was released 30 years ago.
Other 100 Years of Indian Cinema events taking place in Bradford include Bollywood Live a unique live Bollywood update of Bizet’s classic opera Carmen scheduled for June 9 in Bradford City Centre with a simultaneous broadcast on BBC Three.
September also sees the official opening of the new Whistling Woods International Bradford College Film School. From Autumn 2013, Bradford College students will be able to study BA (Hons) Film and BA (Hons) Animation, and get the opportunity to study at the Whistling Woods campus in Mumbai to experience the Indian Film industry first hand.
The National Media Museum exhibition Bollywood Icons: 100 Years of Indian Cinema runs until June 16, 2013. Entry to the Museum is free. www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.
Images: Jonny Walton