But what he's really taken in by is Santosh Sivan's English film Kerala. A period film set in 1937, it's a story of friendship between a Malayali boy (Bose) and a British tea planter, who wants to build a road that will open the spice route to the village. "The greatest experience of my life is Kerala. But thankfully there are still some companies in Hollywood that make sensible cinema. American producers can be a nightmare. They have tremendous control over a film, unlike in India where the director calls the shots. So I dread it, the interference of producers," he says with wide eyes. But these guys were anything but the stereotype.
And sayeth Santosh Sivan in Indiaglitz:
'Its a great feeling to have actors from London, the United States and India. Its always fun and more interesting when so many languages are spoken and with so many people having to adjust to different systems and be unusually quiet since its always sync shooting', Santosh says.