Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi has had strong a desire to tell an Indian story and admires the work produced by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray. The New Indian Express reports Majidi saying that he feels he is more famous in India than his country.

“It is a great honour for me to be among the Indian artists and all the Indian big names here. I knew Indian cinema through Satyajit Ray, the famous Indian film director, and it was always my dream to make a film in India,” Majidi said before the screening of his first Indian project ‘Beyond the Clouds’, starring Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan.

‘Beyond the Clouds’ was the opening film at the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The festival which commenced on the 20th of November, will run till the 28th of November. ‘Beyond the Clouds’ highlights the brother and sister bond in a heart-warming way.

Talking about the film, Majidi said, “There are many cultural similarities between Iran and India, and I was looking for a chance to make a film here, in India. So, after years it fortunately happened. It was a wonderful production team to work with, it was an all Indian crew, so it was a wonderful collaboration between the teams. The film was premiered at the London Film Festival, but for me the real premiere is tonight. I am so excited to see the film, with the Indian audience tonight here.”

“I believe I am more famous in India rather than my country,” he added.