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Jackie Chan appeals for Bollywood to collaborate more with China

Drunken Master star Jackie Chan has appealed for Bollywood to collaborate with filmmakers in China as a way of "improving relations" between the two Asian economic giants.

Chan, 59, was speaking after opening the first Chinese Film Festival in New Delhi, organized not by the film industry but by the India-China Economic and Cultural Council.

China is the world's second largest film market and is fast becoming a major source of film-related services - including funding and locations - for filmmakers around the world. 

Bollywood however, has long looked further West for its collaborations. 

Chan, one of the few Asian actors to have enjoyed success in both the East and the West, told IANS: “There are (many) productions, studios and directors, you can hire some of the Chinese stars – actors, actresses to act in the movies or find some Chinese location (for your films).”

“I worked with Mallika (Sherawat in 2005's 'The Myth) because there was a scope for something Indian (in the film)… (For Indian element) we know we need to come to India. But yes, I’ve always known India is a big market for films, and I believe we should collaborate for culture, music, movies, and everything.”

The action star also admitted that he had been roles in several Bollywood films recently but said the scripts haven't been up to scratch.

“There are Bollywood directors who want to hire me and they want to make a movie, and also they want me to help them to make a movie in China. But because of the script, I didn’t really like it, so we didn’t make the deal! But I really hope someday I can make one Bollywood movie, singing, dancing… that’s what I want,” he said.

The well-travelled, Hong Kong-born star also expressed his desire to take a bit of India back home to China. 

“Actually, I should come to India to bring more Indian culture to China. Like for ‘Chinese Zodiac‘, I went to (shoot in) Paris. So, I want to bring back other cultures to China,” he said.

“'The Myth' had Indian culture and Indian action. When I showed it in China, people said, ‘Oh wow! Now that’s something new!”

The inaugural Chinese Film Festival opened with a screening of Chan's latest action flick 'Chinese Zodiac' and will feature several Chinese blockbusters, including 'Cableway Doctor' and 'Back to 1942'.

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