Theatre creates the base; Netflix is bringing cinema closer to TV: Chin Han

RUCHA PRABHUDESAI | 22 November 2018 14:07 IST

“I am excited about Indian scripts. India has a storehouse of talent, with a rich cinematic history. And legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray has been by inspiration.”

These are the exact words of Chin Han, the celebrated Singaporean-American actor, known as Singapore’s Man on the Moon.

Speaking to the media at the IFFI venue, he also appreciated Dangal, which did equally good business outside India.

He also spoke about his journey from theatre and film industry of Singapore to Hollywood, calling it very eventful.

“Theatre is the place where one learns to dance, do projection, voice modulation, etc. The tradition of theatre is very classical; theatre was a great place to train”, said Han.

According to the Asian actor, as the world becomes more global, with more platforms to show movies involving different races, there will be greater opportunities for Asian actors to be part of global stories.

“I would welcome any aspiring actor here in India to be open to the experience of working in Hollywood by continuing to tell stories at home as well. This way, we would be able to come back with a different kind of understanding about filmmaking, which we may not otherwise get”, said the actor.

Speaking about his experience of working for Marco Polo web series, the actor said that web series is a medium which is in-between films and television. He noted that series like that of Netflix gives filmmakers the ability to bring films closer to TV.

He said though Hollywood is not a final destination for actors, it is certainly an important destination as Hollywood has built a very good infrastructure for making films.

The technology in filmmaking changes very fast and genius directors like Christopher Nolan are very good at using technology like I-Max in film making.

     

BACKGROUNDER

NG Chin Han, usually credited as just Chin Han, is a Singaporean American actor of stagefilm and television. He has been named by CNNGo as one of Asia's 25 all-time greatest actors.

Chin Han's 20-year career has spanned many international theatre, television and film projects.

Though not a household name in the cinemtic  world, actor Chin Han has been making waves in the land almost every actor dreams of - Hollywood.

He gained widespread acclaim while starring in Masters of the Sea, Singapore television's first foray into English language drama.

In 1998, Chin Han made his US film debut in Blindness. He played a crucial role in the blockbuster movie The Dark Knight.

Some other major works of Chin Han are 2012, Contagion, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Independence Day: and Resurgence; he recently starred in the movie Skyscraper.

He has also starred in recurring roles in famous television shows like Arrow, The Blacklist and Marco Polo.

He received critical acclaim for his memorable role of Chancellor Jia Sidao in the Netflix series Marco Polo. He is also one of the few actors who has acted in both DC Universe and Marvel Universe.

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