The Hollywood star received the Career Achievement Award at IIFA in Tampa; is considering accepting a role in Paani
Hollywood star John Travolta has been offered a role Shekhar Kapoor's Paani and is actively considering accepting it.
Addressing the media on the sidelines of IIFA, where he was conferred with a Career Achievement Award on Saturday night, Travolta said he liked Krissh 3 and "the latest version of Romeo & Juliet from Bollywood". He was referring to Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela and expressed a desire to work with Deepika Padukone. The film seems to have caught the fancy of the Hollywood star, who emerged on the scene with musicals like Saturday Night Fever and Grease.
"Perhaps that's why I identify with Bollywood films. I think we are simpatico," said Travolta, adding that song and dance have been part of his soul and perhaps that's why he picked his first two films as the defining moment of his career. "They created a blueprint for me and allowed me to make all the comebacks that I made. I always feel that acting becomes more complete with song and dance and Hindi films have been doing it," he added.
Talking about Paani, Travolta said, “Though the film's theme doesn't require it Shekhar has asked me if I would like him to put in a dance number. If we are making a Bollywood film, why not?”
Known for his electrifying performances, Travolta said he finds Hindi films "very original in their energy and life and they deal with themes that are universal." "I am a big fan of Hindi films. In Hollywood the musicals have become more sporadic. In the 50s we have had a rich culture of musicals and I want to see more of them," remarked. "Hindi films are unabashed in their approach in communicating with their audience. Many times Hollywood films become self aware of what we are trying to do and it comes in the way of communication," he elaborated.
Comparing IIFA to the Oscars, Travolta also said that the Hindi film awards seem to have a bigger audience judging by the response from the crowd in Tampa.