28 Nov 2023  |   04:55am IST

Power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones share their love for India and the film industry

Hollywood royalty Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, accompanied by their son Dylan, finally arrived in Goa for the 54th International Film Festival of India. The actors shared their joy of being in India and their connection with the country over the years
Power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones share their love for India and the film industry

Dolcy D’Cruz

Academy award winning actors, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, dazzled film lovers at the 54th International Film Festival of India as they arrived at the Inox courtyard and walked the red carpet. Looking gorgeous as always, Catherine wore a solo strapped blue flowing gown as she accompanied her husband, Michael, who looked very dapper in a specially designed jacket with the print of leopards by artistes from Rajasthan.

Honoured to be in Goa and to be a part of IFFI, the couple were all praises for the country as they have visited India four times now. “India is very dear to our hearts and all our family. We have just been welcomed with open arms. India has touched me in a very personal way that it was an Indian doctor who saved my life with a tracheotomy when I was just 18 months old. That is why I have this feeling of coming home and maybe it is something to do with that and the reason why I am actually here is because of the brilliance of an Indian doctor at Swansea, South Wales in the UK. I am forever indebted to him. I am looking forward to tomorrow night when we will all be seated as Michael receives this amazing honour,” said Catherine.

Michael Douglas has been in the film industry for 55 years and found it difficult to move out of his actor father Kirk Douglas’ shadow for a long time. “The beauty of this film festival is that 78 foreign counties represented and it is only a reflection of the strength of your industry which is renowned and known around the world,” said Michael.

Speaking about whether they are working on any project in India with Shailendra Singh, a film producer who has released 65 films in India and abroad, Michael said, “Shailendra put his head to it and we are all working on a script that we are all interested in and we can hope to go to the next draft of the script.”

“I have always been a huge fan of Bollywood. Being a singer and dancer, I dreamt of the british film industry would do a Bollywood type film and I would be ale to be cast in it. I showed my kids the film, ‘Om Shanti Om’, which is my favourite movies. Whenever Dylan had his friends come over, he would say, ‘Would you want to see a movie from India? It’s my mom’s favourite movie’, says Catherine as Dylan quips in, “I watched it many times and it is a long movie.” She adds that her favourite Indian movie is ‘The Lunchbox’.

Earlier in the year, Michael was awarded the honorary Palm D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival adding to his award collection of two Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and an Emmy Award. He is known for his stellar performance in films like ‘Wall Street’, ‘Basic Instinct’, ‘The American President’, ‘Traffic’ and ‘Behind the Candelabra’. He has also produced the Academy Best Film ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ starring Jack Nicholson. He will be receiving the Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement award at the closing ceremony of the 54th International Film Festival of India today, November 28.


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