Now awaiting the release of his new Hollywood movie ‘Million Dollar Arm’, he says Hindi cinema is going through a great phase but he's getting more offers from Hollywood than from Bollywood.

The 27-year-old says ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ opened the ‘floodgates’ for Indian actors in the western world in many ways  for one, ‘luckily’, he says, foreign filmmakers are looking beyond the ‘stereotypical’ roles for an Indian.

"It's changing...Luckily, I have been offered the chance to play a South American, Hispanic and even a character from the Middle East in films. There are also a lot of TV series in US that have a strong presence of actors from India," Madhur said.

In ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, Madhur played the older version of the rugged character Salim Malik, brother of protagonist Jamal Malik, a role essayed by Dev Patel.

Madhur says the success of Boyle's rags-to-riches drama generated ‘a very high awareness’ about Indian talent and cinema across the world.

"There are a lot of people who love the grandeur of our cinema and there is a huge audience for that too. It's a great phase to be an artist in these times," he said, pointing out the multitude options available nationally and internationally.

In ‘Million Dollar Arm’, he worked under Australian director Craig Gillespie. On the home turf, it is directors like Imtiaz Ali, Q (Quashiq Mukherjee) and Anurag Kashyap whose style of filmmaking intrigues and attracts Madhur.

"These filmmakers' movies have some great writing and their films are not about who stars in them but about the story," said Madhur, who began his tryst with acting at a young age.

Before making it big with ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, Madhur had a brush with Hindi filmdom and film stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan as he featured as a child artiste in ‘Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye’ and ‘One 2 Ka 4’.

Is he now getting offers from Bollywood at all? "Not as much...In fact, there are more offers from Hollywood. And a lot of exciting ones," he said.

For now, he is kicked about the Disney film ‘Million Dollar Arm’, which is releasing on Friday, a week before it hits screens in US.

“The movie is about two Indian boys, and we even shot quite a bit of the movie in India. Composer AR Rahman and sound designer Resul Pookutty (who teamed for 'Slumdog Millionaire') have reunited for the film. There's also a bit of Hindi...so yes, the Indian connect is there," he added.

(Agencies)

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