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Brad Pitt visits India to promote his Netflix release ‘War Machine’

MUMBAI: Netflix, which is set to premiere its original film ‘War Machine’ on 26 March, hosted a special screening of the film in Mumbai, which was attended by the film’s producer and Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt along with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.

Prior to the screening, Pitt participated in a panel discussion with Khan to promote the film. The panel was moderated by Indian entertainment reporter and critic Rajeev Masand.
Pitt spoke about his decision to be associated with Netflix for ‘War Machine’, which is written and directed by ‘David Michôd’. “The association with Netflix came because of the way the studio system is right now in Hollywood. It just can’t support risky films like this, of this budget certainly,” he said.

Pitt added that one could not measure a film’s success by how well the film did in the opening weekend. “The longevity of a movie cannot be determined by that yardstick alone. I have seen many good films being dubbed failures, but some have been found later in time and some go away,” he said.

Agreeing with Pitt, Khan added that the problem of major studios not wanting to invest in experimental fare is a universal one. He said that Netflix could be a great opportunity as it offered unknown or upcoming directors more chances. “In India, every household has a singer, but I think every household also has a filmmaker,” he added.

The panel discussed a range of topics from the complexity of Bollywood musicals to Pitt’s nostalgic trip down the sets of his popular films ‘Twelve Monkeys’, ‘Fight Club’ and ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’.