New York: There's no such thing as an uneventful train journey in India. Especially not if the passengers are three American brothers on a spiritual quest, hoping to find themselves, each other and an eccentric mother.
But the cast of Wes Anderson's latest film, The Darjeeling Limited, which includes Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, and comedian Bill Murray in a cameo, found that shooting on location in India could be equally eventful.
“There's so much going on, especially driving yet it kind of works. So I was very impressed by that, I just had to go with it,” says Brody.
“The driving was dangerous. There were a lot of animals, people, cars, cows and everything else. We were so close to them, but it was okay. It made it exciting and gave it a life,” says Bill Murray.
Actor and co-writer of the film, Jason Schwartzman adds, “You constantly have to be reacting to things, moving and dodging. And you have to be alive because the country is alive.”
While director Wes Anderson has said that Satyajit Ray's work inspired him to become a filmmaker, co-writer and actor Jason Schwartzman's knowledge of India came from - “I hate to say this, but Beatles documentaries, through George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. So that's my affiliation with it up to this point. And Wes just wanted to make a movie there. So we began to find out, if we got these three brothers on a train in India, what things can happen to them.”
The Darjeeling Limited, which is opening in the United States in a limited release and to mixed reviews, is scheduled to make a stop in India, although the estimated time of arrival is not yet known.
Let's hope the film has a less quirky and less eventful journey at the box office than the three brothers did on The Darjeeling Limited.