Indian epic on Cameron ‘hit list’

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Hollywood mogul James Cameron has said he could adapt one of the two Indian Epics – Mahabharata and Ramayan – for his next big screen spectacular after he wraps up the Avatar trilogy.

Speaking at the INK conference in Lavasa, Cameron said “maybe right after the third (part of) Avatar “, he “might pick up ancient Indian epics”. Terming India as a “fascinating country I have been to a couple of times”, Cameron recalled taking a dip in the Ganga near Hardwar. The filmmaker implied that his interest in Indian spirituality and the epics was triggered off then.

“We saw pilgrims on our way,” he said, adding his tryst with Hardwar happened around the time the Avatar frenzy was building up soon after the film’s release. “It was nice to feed in the spirituality, nice to share in the belief system. You do feel a certain something, for sure,” he said.

Cameron said his interest in the epics was also a result of getting to know the people of India during his visits. “I realised they were all real people in India,” he said. “I was impressed with the energy of the nation and the rapidly changing modern India.” While he wants to interpret one of the epics for screen on his own, he said he would also be keen to help Indian filmmakers willing to make a movie on the epics.

“If an Indian director wishes to use our 3D cameras and equipment to make a film on the Ramayan or the Mahabharata, we can offer technology that’s already developed by us – the digital 3D Fusion Camera System and virtual camera,” he said.

For now, of course, Cameron is in the process of scripting the sequels of Avatar . The second film of the series will be shot under the sea. The story will take the audience into the oceans of Pandora, the mythical planet where the first film unfolded, and will then expand to other planets.

“part of the focus in Avatar 2 would be in creating a different environment,” Cameron said.

The filmmaker wants to carry forward his love for science through his technology-loaded ventures to non- film projects too.

“I don’t think Hollywood has served science well. I’m not a scientist, rather I would call myself a science groupie,” Cameron said.

Thanks to Avatar’s mega success, he admits several NGOs approached him to use the film to spread environment awareness message.

Earlier this year, Cameron was in the Amazon where he was involved in protests against Belo Monte dam that the Brazilian government plans to construct very soon.
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