Van Damme

Rocks Delhi

Hollywood action star Jean-Claude Van Damme rocks Delhi

On A visit to the city, Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, popularly called Muscles from Brussles, shed his action hero avatar and was quick to master a few popular Bollywood dance moves.

He said that he has no reservations doing a film in India with film-makers and artistes of this country.

“I treat each film as a film, irrespective of language, country and the person making it. All I want is a serious script that has a meaty role for me. May be an emotional content that has a substantial part for me with Indian actors along with an Indian crew would be right,” said Van Damme.

The actor was on a Delhi visit to launch the autobiography of his dear friend and longtime associate Ashok Amritraj.

The tennis aceturned-Hollywood producer’s book, titled Advantage Hollywood, was unveiled at an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Van Damme also addressed a session titled Global Audience at the ongoing Big Picture Summit 2013organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

He is known for his martial arts skills and the star of action blockbusters such as the Universal Soldier series, Bloodsport, Kickboxer and Sudden Death, but during his Delhi trip Van Damme came across as a person with genuine funny bone, smiling and winking as he doled out smart onliners.

Making no effort to hide his Belgian accent, the 52-year-old actor seemed overwhelmed by the response he has received in India. “I hardly knew that people have watched so many of my films,” he said, as he was showered praises for his action hits.

“Like Arnold Schwarzenegger I did not mind being known as the ‘guy with a different accent’. That’s what brought me close to Ashok, who too was an outsider and had wandered to Hollywood from India,” Van Damme said.

Amritraj release memoirs
The idea of writing an autobiography occurred to Ashok Amritraj three years ago while he was recording the voice of his aging father who was suffering a partial memory loss.

A dear friend, Van Damme, released Amritraj’s autobiography, Advantage Hollywood released at the Big Picture Summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The book, Amritraj says, is all about “breaking into white men’s land”. Giving an insight into the book, he narrated the difficulties that was a time, he recalled, when “I was almost banging my head to make a way”.

“Hollywood was a closed place back then. People had no idea about where exactly India was located,” said Amritraj, who struggled for five years without work and eventually started with small productions for HBO and Show Time before moving on to producing films like Double Impact, Raising Helen and Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance. Amritraj has produced only one Indian film – Jeans.