Considering India’s huge population and our growing tendency to watch more and more Hollywood movies, every studio in the world wants to make the most of it.
Over time, a trend can be seen in English films where an Indian or Indian-born actor was cast for a very limited screen time but was made to be considered an important part of the film, especially in the when it is about to be released in India.
Here are five times Hollywood cast Indian actors for minor roles and we got fooled:
1. Ali Fazal – Furious 7 (Screen time:
by Ali Fazal The role of Safar, an Emirati mechanic and good friend of Megan Ramsey’s friend, lasts less than 100 seconds of screen time, most of it about a badass car kept in a penthouse.
To be fair to the actor, he acknowledged that his role in the film was nothing more than a cameo and he wouldn’t do anything big with it.
2. Anil Kapoor – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Screen time:
With Slumdog Millionaire and 24, Anil Kapoor became a rather familiar Indian face in the English film industry and when news of the star being part of Tom Cruise Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was released for the first time, her Indian fans were thrilled.
And then we saw him as Brij Nath in the movie who played hide-and-seek for most of his screen time and then found himself unconscious in his bedroom literally minutes later.
3.Irfan Khan- jurassic world (Screen time:
Even after doing a good job like The namesake and Pi’s lifewhen the late actor Irfan Khan was cast as Simon Masrani, he was just another “not so important” good guy in the movie who showed up for a few seconds at the start of the movie, then in the third act to die.
Incidentally, Khan had a similar screen presence in The Amazing Spider-Man in which he shares the frame with Rhys Ifans for a few scenes before ending up dead on the Brooklyn Bridge.
4. Amitabh Bachchan – Gatsby the magnificent (Screen time:
Even someone from Amitabh Bachchan the stature could not exceed the five-minute mark in a Hollywood film. Despite a stellar and impactful performance as Meyer Wolfsheim, a flamboyant and suave Jewish loan shark, Bachchan was only seen for one scene in the Leonardo DiCaprio film.
T 1045 – “The Great Gatsby” official opening film of the Cannes Film Festival, May 15.
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 12, 2013
Even while promoting the film on Twitter, Big B wrote: “The official opening film of The Great Gatsby for the Cannes Film Festival, May 15th…come on all…half a blink and you miss a role for me (sic).”
5. Pankaj Tripathi – Extraction (Screen time:
Even though Randeep Hooda had an important role in the film (and I really appreciate him), it was the extremely limited screen time given to Pankaj Tripathi that really shocked me. Playing the role of an Indian mobster whose son was kidnapped in the film, Tripathi appeared for less than a minute in the film.
In an interview with The Indian ExpressTripathi said, “Although my role is a cameo, it is a central character”.