Oliver Stone honored at Mumbai Film Festival

Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:59pm EDT
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By Shilpa Jamkhandikar

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone praised India and its flamboyant Bollywood industry as he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Mumbai Film Festival on Thursday.

"I came here many years ago to Calcutta as a young man to learn about another way of thinking," Stone said to a standing ovation at one of the oldest movie theatres in the country's financial and entertainment capital.

"I returned many times and learned many things from you. You have a great culture and make great movies. I am honored to receive this award from you."

The festival's organizers called Stone the "quintessential rebel child of Hollywood" who was unchanged by success.

"He has never hesitated to tackle any issue however touchy it is. He definitely deserves all our respect," Srinivasan Narayanan, the festival director, told Reuters.

"He is one of the most prolific film makers we have today."

Stone's last film, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," the sequel to his 1987 classic, "Wall Street," did modest business.

The director said earlier this week he had expected some people would be disappointed.   Continued...

<p>U.S. Director Oliver Stone poses during a photocall promoting his film "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" in Berlin, October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>