Melissa McCarthy says she would love to work in Bollywood….Interview by Sugandha Rawal
She finds Indian cinema “truly incredible” for its ability to make viewers switch out of reality and then get back to it. And it is for this reason that American actress Melissa McCarthy says she would love to work in Bollywood.
McCarthy shared her eagerness to bring her talent to India by working in a Bollywood project with this IANS correspondent during a press meet here for her film “Ghostbusters”, directed by Paul Feig.
“Oh my god, I would love to work in Bollywood. I love the whole vibe. I love the story and I love the spontaneous moment of breaking out. It is like a world within a world,” McCarthy said on being asked if she fancies doing an Indian project.
Indian films are essentially looked at by the western world as offering music hoopla and dance revelry interspersed with the entertainment quotient. McCarthy loves it all.
“I love when the change happens. You can switch off from the reality and then come back to it,” she said with her eyes sparkling in excitement.
The Los Angeles-based actress has earlier shared screen space with Indian actress Nargis Fakhri in “Spy”. She says she has watched a number of Bollywood films, but admitted that she had trouble recalling the titles.
She says: “I have seen (the films) with Paul’s wife. She is my gateway to them as she loves watching Bollywood films.”
I caught up with the 45-year-old as she was here to talk about “Ghostbusters” at a press event organised by Sony Pictures Entertainment for select media from across Asia.
In the film, she is seen with Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth.
Feig’s version of the famous 1984 eponymous American supernatural horror comedy comes with a twist. He picked an all-female cast as ghostbusters to narrate his vision of classic film. It will release in India on July 29.
McCarthy remembers watching the original film at a theatre. She saved her allowance and did extra chores around the house so that she could afford to see the movie several times.
“I did not go back to see a movie very often, but that one, I did. I probably saw it four times in the theatre,” recounted the actress, who has carved a place for herself on the big screen as well as small screen with shows like “Gilmore Girls” and “Mike & Molly”.
McCarthy has proved her mettle in showbiz with hit films like “Bridesmaids”, “The Heat”, “Identity Thief” and “The Boss”.
The actress, who is married to actor Ben Falcone, asserts that the formula for a hit is a good script with the right amount of acting and improvisation.
She said: “I think you can improvise off an incredibly well written script. I think if you are trying to fake a story or something, you are never going to like that. But if you have a really tight, concise and perfect script, then in the next take you say that or change a couple of words or the intention.
“And that way you end up getting something spontaneous in each take.”