As endorsements go, it doesn’t get any bigger or more complementary than this.
Bollywood super-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Hollywood debut has received fulsome praise from no less a figure than ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic’ director James Cameron.
Cameron describes Chopra’s ‘Broken Horses’ as a “Spare and Lean” film that “wraps around the viewer”.
It’s the kind of description normally reserved for independent filmmakers, not one of Bollywood’s commercially successful filmmakers.
Chopra, 62, is responsible for such iconic films as the sweeping romance ‘1942: A Love Story’ through the socially conscious monster hit ‘3 Idiots’, the hugely successful ‘Munna Bhai’ series and PK – Bollywood’s first $100 million blockbuster – Chopra.
Whilst they were all extremely entertaining, subtle or sparse they were not.
‘Broken Horses’ appears to be the very antithesis of Chopra’s usually gregarious films – dark, moody and taut.
In fact, Cameron compares the film to a Steinbeck novel.
The film is certainly set in uniquely Steinbeck country – the sparse deserts of the western United States.
The story follows the struggles of two brothers – one a musician, the other a hired mercenary – in the badlands between the US-Mexico border and set against the on-going drug war between the two countries.
Chopra wrote, directed and produced the film – he has reportedly been honing the end-product since the late 1980’s.
The film stars Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Sean Patrick Flanery and the incomparable Vincent D’Onofrio, the iconic star of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’.
Here’s a look at the full trailer of the film: