Utpal Borpujari

May 29, 2009

Dileep Rao in Cameron film, showcases Raimi film in Cannes

By Utpal Borpujari in Cannes

This is one big achievement that will do everyone back in Karnataka proud. A young actor with roots in the state is all set to fly high in Hollywood with roles in such high-profile directors as James “Titanic” Cameron and Sam “Spider-Man” Raimi.

The man in question responds to the name Dileep Rao, and the films that are going to be his springboard in Hollywood are Cameron’s “Avatar” and Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell”.

Rao, incidentally, was the only actor with any India connection to have a film in an official section of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, with “Drag Me To Hell” having its world premiere in the Midnight Screenings section.

“I am doing Cameron’s film but am not supposed to disclose anything about it at this moment,” Rao told Deccan Herald here. In Raimi’s horror film, he plays a psychic seer called Rham Jas who helps the films protagonist fight the evil forces.

Rao’s father is a Kannadiga of Maharashtrian origin settled in California as an engineer while his mother is from Bellary. “Our roots lie in Karnataka but I have grown up in the United States,” he said.

In Cameron’s 3D Imax film, he plays a character called Dr Max Patel.

“I think I am very lucky to be working with such visionary directors,” Rao said.

In this latest film by Raimi, who is known for the legendary horror movie “Evil Dead” as well as the “Spider-Man” series, Rao plays a psychic, though he personally does not believe in things like ghosts.

“Being a person of science, I don’t believe in it, but there are many beliefs in the world, and there are things which are not explained by science. Hence, I have respect for those who believe in certain things,” he said.

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 23-05-2009)


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