"The films in Bollywood are so inspiring"
Jake Gyllenhaal opened up about his admiration for India as well as the immense respect he has for Bollywood.
He revealed that he knows a lot about Indian culture, stating that it is “beautiful”.
The Hollywood star said: “I know a lot about Indian culture, food and films.
“In fact, Indian culture is so beautiful, even the Indian literature. I happen to be reading an amazing book right now.
“I mean there are so many things about India which are incredible.”
Jake went on to say that Indian culture inspires him.
“I am inspired by Indian culture, particularly Indian movies. The films in Bollywood are so inspiring to me.
“The creativity in them, so much of the acting in them. I think the skill that so many Bollywood actors have is just unsurpassed.
“To be able to sing, dance and act at the same time is a real requirement, which we don’t really have much in Hollywood.
“I have so much admiration for the filmmaking and the acting coming out of India.”
Jake explained that before the pandemic, he travelled to India.
“I was just there a few years ago, right before the pandemic.
“I feel blessed to have been able to go and be there even for a short time. You have found a huge fan of India in me.”
Jake Gyllenhaal last starred in Ambulance, which sees two adoptive siblings turned bank robbers who hijack an ambulance.
On his character in the film, he said: “My character in Ambulance is a complicated person because he has been raised a certain way, due to which he plans to rob a bank.
“But his intention is to help his brother, which comes from a good place.”
Speaking about the impression it left behind, Jake said:
“Shooting the film made me realise that people save people’s lives in these vehicles.”
“It made me have so much admiration for first responders that I never would have known.
“I have seen ambulances pass by me many times. It made me have so much admiration for the people who actually do the real work in there.”
He told Hindustan Times: “Yes, they drive through to keep someone alive. It’s just mind-blowing.
“So acting in it didn’t compare to what they do. We get our share of scrapes and bruises from the hard edges, but they are the real heroes.”