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Another 3-D bonanza

APPEARANCES ARE deceptive but more so in the case of Trilok Malik, an NRI businessman- cum-actor. Based in New York, he looks like any normal neighbourhood guy, but he has tremendous potential up his sleeve. His film "Lonely in America" won him many international awards. In the Capital recently for promoting a three dimensional film, "Little Magician", Malik is brimming with excitement on his about-to-be-released flick, which promises great things.

The film is being shot in different locales in the US and India and is produced by Navodaya films, which had carved a niche for itself by producing the first Indian 3-D venture, "Chota Chetan", which finally got a tumultuous response. The latest venture is being shot in three languages and most of the shooting has been done in New York with some parts of it in Chennai and Cochin. Malik says shooting will be over at the end of July and the release will be at the end of this year.

On "Little Magician", Malik says, "Well, this film is on the same lines as Henry Porter's Spiderman. The theme is for kids but would also be enjoyed by adults. Shooting the film in both US and India gave me a feel of two great cultures. The cast and crew was multi-cultural and noted singer, S.P. Balasuramanyam is also playing a part."

But does acting with foreign directors and those in Bollywood like Rajkumar Santoshi (he made a guest appearance in "Lajja") give him the same creative gratification? With satisfaction writ large on his visage, he says, "Of course, I get the same high and pleasure to work with directors of both countries. I particularly enjoy working in Indian films because I simply love Indian movies. I did have a small role in "Lajja" but it was a worthwhile one. There is the same kind of professionalism in Indian directors as their American counterparts."

Does he give special preference to 3-D films as "Chota Chetan" was so well-received? Pat comes the reply, "Both are given due consideration by me. Surely, "Chota Chetan" was such an exciting film that the viewers could never make out that they are sitting in a theatre. With flying kicks and faces jutting out of the screen, the viewer, wearing polaroid glasses, got a thrilling experience. Incidentally, this film was made in 1985 and it has taken its maker 16 long years to come out with another 3-D."

He doesn't like comparing the atmosphere found in a Hollywood studio vis a vis Bollywood.

How did he make it to the "land of opportunities" one asks him. Gesticulating upwards as if saying thanks to the Almighty, he says, "Everything is destined. My father, an import-export businessman, settled in the United States. So started my journey from a little bit of acting in India to graduating to New York Theatrical Arts."

His curriculum vitae says that he has acted with Deepti Naval in a film titled, "Love, Lust and Marriage". Says Malik, "The film was on the American dream and workholism."

For Malik, it is the role of the character he is going to portray that is important and not the duration.

MADHUR TANKHA

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