Born On This Day — May 26, 1961

Tarsem Singh - Mirror Mirror
Tarsem Singh and Julia Roberts making Mirror Mirror (2012)

Anybody in Europe who tries to compete directly with Hollywood will die because they’ll just spend more money on it. But things like Hindi cinema have evolved from a different angle, and they’ve survived because of it. In the west, for example, you don’t mix opera and film. If someone is 44 he won’t play himself as a 12 or 14-year-old, but he will in a Hindi movie. If he’s fat and ugly, people will still call him beautiful. In opera you’d accept that, but you don’t accept it in cinema. In the middle of a really serious situation, a dog can have a flashback in a Hindi movie. It is still played seriously, but in the west you wouldn’t.

Tarsem Singh