Happy birthday Martin Scorsese: From his love for Indian filmmakers to the impossible film with Shah Rukh Khan
Martin Scorsese has long been in love with Indian cinema. On his birthday, we look back at his connection with the country.
As we celebrate Martin Scorsese’s 80th birthday on November 17, we take a look at the legendary filmmaker’s association with Indian films over the years.
Extreme City with Shah Rukh Khan
It was once revealed that Martin Scorsese had planned to cast Shah Rukh Khan and Leonardo DiCaprio together for Extreme City, but somehow the plan never saw the light of day. Even screenwriter Paul Schrader had to be a part of it.
In an interview with Open The Magazine in 2013, Paul said that SRK didn’t want to do it. “I got the feeling that he’s never going to be comfortable doing an international film that he doesn’t control. You know SRK has complete control over everything he does? So if he does something like this internationally, he won’t have that control. Ultimately he’s not 100 percent comfortable. I think not,” he said.
Martin Scorsese has spoken of his admiration for Satyajit Ray on several occasions, citing how the director’s films have had a profound effect on him. “For us in the West, the Apu trilogy – Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and Apur Sansar (1959) – is a milestone,” he said. In an interview with The Indian Express, Scorsese added, “In the relatively short history of cinema, Satyajit Ray is one of those names we should all know, whose films we should all see. And look again, as I often do.” In an interview with the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, the Goodfellas director said of the Honorary Academy Award winner, “Whenever I need inspiration or re-motivation, I go back to his films.” His 1992 Academy Honorary Satyajith Ray’s name for the award was believed to be none other than Martin Scorsese.