Arjun Rampal is a Bollywood actor. He chats to Becky Jago about the Indian film industry.
How did you get into Bollywood?
It's taken me four or five years to get where I am. Acting isn't easy. You have to have talent, and I think, a lot of luck. You have to appeal to a very large section of the Indian audience.
I watched films as I was growing up. They've definitely changed. You watch an old film today and it will look outdated. Films are more modern now.
All the plots are similar though aren't they?
The cinema is the only form of entertainment that's why you have to pack everything in and that's why they're so long. But things are changing now. Indian films haven't been original enough, but that's starting to happen now. There's a big market for Indian movies abroad now. Big studios are coming to India.
Why have they become popular in the UK?
There is a large number of Indians living abroad. Somewhere down the line they've understood each other's cultures. Indian films have had the Indian culture in them taken the mickey out of. But now we're proud of our culture so we've been able to share it. Indians here also understand the culture out there.
I hope it's not just a phase. I hope it's more permanent but that needs work.