Orange to color Indian race relations a rosy glow
MESSAGES, Samuel Goldwyn famously said, should be
sent by Western Union, not filmmakers. But the producers of Indian
movie Orange, which is shooting in Melbourne, would beg to
The movie is technically a piece of Tollywood rather
than Bollywood cinema (it is being shot in the Telugu language
spoken in southern India, not the Hindi that is dominant in
Bollywood films), but it follows the well-worn formula of pretty
young leads, romance, a few laughs and dazzling dance numbers.
It's light entertainment for a potential audience of
about 300 million people but, its Australian-based line producer
insists, it is also a film with a serious message.
''The producer from India wanted to come here and
prove a point - that what is being told in India is totally against
what is happening here,'' said Anupam Sharma on the Southbank set of
the film yesterday.
He was referring to the perception in India that
Australia is not safe for Indians, particularly young students.
That was a view state Education Minister Bronwyn
Pike, who visited the set yesterday, was happy to hear.
''There's been an impression created in some quarters that
Melbourne isn't a safe and welcoming city, and I'm just
delighted to be hearing a different message from the producers,
the director and the stars. They see that they have a
responsibility to turn that message around,'' she said.
is a romance about two Australian students of Indian background,
filmed in Sydney and Melbourne and set, ''against a backdrop of
arts and painting and a young crowd and funk''. It stars Genelia
d'Souza, a 22-year-old rising star of Indian cinema, and
24-year-old Ram Charan Teja, the son of legendary actor
With a 14-week shoot and a budget of about $A10
million - more than half of it to be spent in Australia - it is
the biggest Indian production to shoot here. Despite a call to
boycott Bollywood shoots in Australia in the wake of perceived
racism, there were no signs of a slowdown.
''We have had maximum number of Indian films and
maximum amount of money spent since that call was made last
September,'' he said. ''The fact remains that a prolific country
like India and a professional country like Australia in terms of
films, when they come together it's a win-win situation.
Courtesy : The Sydney Herald