From the outside Nick Gray and Anne Marsen (both from Brooklyn, New York) appear like any other tourists visiting India for work or pleasure, but try delving beneath the surface and you’ll be surprised.
Unlike most people from North America, Nick and Anne are both big fans of Bollywood cinema. In-fact their fascination with the industry runs so deep that Anne (who is a professional dancer herself) cites Prabhu Deva as an inspiration. Nick on the other hand first got a taste of Bollywood when he saw Shahid Kapoor’s debut film Ishq Vishk back in 2004 and since then always dreamed about making a music video in Mumbai. Recently while on a trip to India the Brooklyn duo found an opportunity to bring their passion for Bollywood cinema to life and ended up creating Bolly
Brook which is short for “Brooklyn loves Bollywood”.
With help from their Mumbai based friends Shubhangi Singh and Yatharth Agnihotri, Nick and Anne created a video remake of the Rishi & Ranbir Kapoor hit number Bachna Ae Haseeno as a way to honor their visit to India and Mumbai. As per Anne they chose this particular track since she had heard it on a few occasions during her visit to India and always felt a surge of energy run through her whenever the song played. Towards the end they had to make a choice between ‘Sheila Ki Jawani‘ and ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ and chose the latter.
When probed about their future plans and the possibility of doing similar videos in the future both expressed a strong interest to come back to India soon.
I would love to go back to India as soon as possible. I really loved Three Idiots. I think it’s a perfect blend of silly, and serious, and thought-provoking. Hopefully one day I can work with Aamir Khan. That is my dream, to work with Aamir Khan.
said Anne when asked about her favorite Bollywood actors and the type of future projects she would like to be involved in.
Its great to see the western world embrace Bollywood and Indian Cinema and the kind of passion exhibited by Nick and Anne is certainly quite rare and highly flattering for the Bollywood film fraternity.
As a parting gift Anne gave provided all Indian men with a dating tip stating her admiration for their dancing skills and jovial nature. Now, that’s certainly one of the sure shot ways to impress girls from Brooklyn with a fascination for Bollywood.
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