Bollywood star Sonu Sood is on cloud nine. Why not, when his debut Chinese film ‘Xuanzang’ is the official entry for the prestigious Hollywood honour – Oscars.
Last September, Sonu Sood was busy shooting at the Daulatabad Fort in Aurangabad for his debut Chinese film, 'Xuanzang', which also starred Bollywood actresses Neha Sharma and Mandana Karimi. It was a surreal experience for Sonu Sood. This year the tables have turned, Sonu sood is on top of the world as the film has been named China's official pick for the 89th Academy Awards.
"When I started shooting the film, I spent a year in China on and off. I knew I was getting to be part of history. The film had a star-studded premiere in Bejing and those who attended spoke highly of the movie. It is a special film and only China could have made it on such a grand scale. The China Film Group Corporation (CFGC)'s infrastructure allows them to make such massive productions," he says.
The actor, who played King Harshavardhan in the film, attributes the achievement to its unique perspective. "Finally, there was someone who could envision India as something more than what 'Slumdog Millionaire' showed. My mother was a history teacher and as a kid, I had learned about the gracious King Harsha. But, playing the character was enthralling.
The most important lesson that this film and my next one with Jackie Chan have taught me was that while whipping up grandeur on screen, one must also take detailing into account. This was a difficult subject to create and in between the script and research, we truly ended up making an authentic historical film," he adds.
'Xuanzang' toppled the award-winning artistic film 'Crosscurrent' in a neck-to-neck competition for the Oscar entry. Two films from China nominated twice in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards, but the country has not won the golden statuette so far.