The best movies you didn’t know were made by Indians, according to Recode editor David Karp.
“We don’t just talk about movies from India, we talk about all the films from all the countries,” Karp told Recode.
We have these films, and I’m going to talk about these films.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked, “Why didn’t you make those movies?”
And I say, “Because we weren’t Indian,” he said.
In the case of his favorite Indian movie, a documentary about the life of Jawaharlal Nehru, the Indian-American novelist and diplomat, the filmmaker and producer said the film has an undeniable “India feel.”
“When I watched the movie, it was not just about Nehru and his life, it wasn’t just about Jawahal Nehri,” Kepel said.
“It was about the way that we were all part of India.”
Karp said the films he made with his friend and colleague, filmmaker and screenwriter Josh Singer, also were influenced by their culture and history.
For example, Singer’s film, which is set in Mumbai in the late 19th century, has a British feel, with a focus on its black market and smuggling.
Kepel described Singer as a “super-genius,” with a strong sense of humor.
Another movie he directed with Singer, titled “The Mummy,” was set in an alternate version of Egypt, but also focuses on the importance of religion and the role of Egypt’s ruling family.
Recode asked Singer what his favorite film was about.
He said the one he was most proud of was his version of the story of the life and career of Queen Victoria.
As a result, Singer said, his version is the most popular.
The Mummy, a remake of a 1962 Disney film about the rise and fall of the British Empire, is scheduled to open in theaters nationwide on Nov. 16.