Atlee, the acclaimed South Indian director, reminisces about a remarkable Hollywood offer he received in the wake of the release of “Jawan,” a Shah Rukh Khan and Nayanthara starrer that hit theaters on September 7th this year.
Atlee’s Encounter with Hollywood
Atlee, best known for his recent Bollywood directorial debut, “Jawan,” featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, and Vijay Sethupathi in pivotal roles, has struck gold at the box office. The film’s immense success has not only won the hearts of Indian audiences but also captured the attention of Hollywood professionals.
A Global Collaboration
The action sequences in “Jawan” were a result of a collaboration between Atlee and six international action directors. During a recent interview with Film Companion, Atlee revealed how this collaboration became a stepping stone to his Hollywood connection. He mentioned, “People who worked on our film were from Hollywood. Action director Spiro Razatos was part of our team. When Spiro and other renowned directors and technicians from Hollywood attended the screening of ‘Jawan,’ they were captivated by the action sequences. Spiro even acknowledged my vision and execution of a scene where SRK is engulfed in flames.”
Hollywood’s Irresistible Offer
Impressed by Atlee’s directorial prowess, Hollywood professionals wasted no time extending an enticing offer. Atlee recollects their words, “If you want to work in Hollywood, let us know.” This offer wasn’t limited to a distinctly desi taste; it transcended borders and embraced a superheroic and universally appealing rhythm. Atlee’s unique approach had found resonance not just in India but across the globe.
Atlee’s Guiding Principle – Love
For Atlee, love is the cornerstone of his creative process. He believes that without love, there can be no artistic endeavor. He explained, “Without love, there is nothing in the world. My craft is about love. If I don’t love something, I can’t create it. Whether it’s a film or a person, love is the driving force.”
The Power of Honesty and Connection
Atlee emphasizes that honesty is born out of love. He carefully selects collaborators who he can genuinely connect with and learn from. His decision to work with someone isn’t merely transactional; it’s based on a deep connection and shared passion. He shared his criteria, saying, “If someone comes to me and says, ‘Sir, I love you, I love your film. I want to work with you,’ that’s all it takes. That’s my secret to signing films. You can’t buy me, but you can love me, and I can love you back. Without love, I can’t create anything.”
“Jawan” – A Cinematic Marvel
In “Jawan,” alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, and Vijay Sethupathi, viewers were treated to a surprise cameo by Deepika Padukone. Atlee, both the director and writer of the film, weaved a cinematic marvel that graced the screens on September 7th this year.
In conclusion, Atlee’s journey from the success of “Jawan” to an alluring Hollywood offer is a testament to the universal appeal of his directorial prowess. His unwavering commitment to love as the driving force behind his creative process continues to set him apart in the world of cinema, making him a sought-after talent, not just in India but on a global stage.