Sonu Sood is all set to make his presence felt at the Oscars. The hunks film Xuanzang is China’s official pick for the 89th Academy Awards. The actor is depicting the role of King Harshavardhan in the film. The Chinese film also stars actresses Neha Sharma and Mandana Karimi. It was a surreal experience for Sonu Sood. Over a year later, Sonu Sood is on top of the world as the film has been named China’s official pick for the 89th Academy Awards.
Sonu Sood said, “When I started shooting the film, I spent a year in China on and off. I knew I was getting to be part of history. The film had a star-studded premiere in Bejing and those who attended spoke highly of the movie. It is a special film and only China could have made it on such a grand scale. The China Film Group Corporation (CFGC)’s infrastructure allows them to make such massive productions”.
He further added, “Finally, there was someone who could envision India as something more than what Slumdog Millionaire showed. My mother was a history teacher and as a kid, I had learnt about the gracious King Harsha. But, playing the character was enthralling. The most important lesson that this film and my next one with Jackie Chan have taught me was that while whipping up grandeur on screen, one must also take detailing into account. This was a difficult subject to create and in between the script and research, we truly ended up making an authentic historical film.”
Xuanzang toppled the award-winning artistic film Crosscurrent in a neck-to-neck competition for the Oscar entry.
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