Given the huge Indian population and our, the propensity to watch more and more Hollywood movies, every studio in the world wants to make the most out of it.
With time, a pattern can be seen in English films where for a very limited screen time an Indian actor or that of an Indian origin has been cast but has been made to see as a major part of the film, particularly around the time it is about to be released in India.
1. Ali Fazal – Furious 7 (Screen Time: <100 Seconds)
The role of Ali Fazal as Safar, an Emirati garage owner and a good friend of Megan Ramsey’s dad, lasts less than 100 seconds of screen time, most of which speak of a badass car being kept in a penthouse.
To be fair to the actor, he admitted that his role in the movie was nothing more than a cameo and that he was not going to make it big.
2. Anil Kapoor – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Screen Time: <165 Seconds)
With Slumdog Millionaire and 24, Anil Kapoor became a familiar Indian face in the English film industry and when the star’s news was part of Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible: his Indian fans were excited for the first time.
And then we saw him in the film as Brij Nath who played hide and find for most of his screen time and then ended up unconscious a few minutes later, literally, in his bedroom.
3. Irrfan Khan – Jurassic World (Screen Time: <250 Seconds)
Even after doing some great work such as The Namesake and Life of Pi, when late actor Irrfan Khan was cast as Simon Masrani, he was just another ‘not-so-important’ good-guy in the movie who turned up at the beginning of the movie for a few seconds and then only to die during the third act.
Incidentally, Khan had a similar screen appearance in The Incredible Spider-Man where he shares the frame for a couple of scenes with Rhys Ifans before he ends up dead on the Brooklyn Bridge.
4. Amitabh Bachchan – The Great Gatsby (Screen Time: <275 Seconds)
Even somebody of the stature of Amitabh Bachchan could not make it past the 5-minute mark in a Hollywood movie. Despite packing a stellar and impactful performance as a flamboyant and suave Jewish money lender Meyer Wolfsheim, Bachchan was seen in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie only for one single scene.
While promoting the film on Twitter, Big B wrote: “The official opening of the Great Gatsby film for the Cannes Film Festival, May 15th … come one all … half blink and you miss part for me (sic).”
T 1045 – “The Great Gatsby” official opening film for Cannes Film festival, May 15th..come one come all..half blink and you miss role for me— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 12, 2013