Hollywood actor Thomas Jane (The Mist) “would love to go back to Bollywood”.

Hindus laud Hollywood star Thomas Jane for “seeing the light” in India’s value system

Jane, who currently stars in ten-episode HBO TV series “Hung” about a basketball coach, dropped out of high school at age 17 to act in “Padamati Sandhya Ragam” (Jandhyala), a 1986 Telugu film depicting an Indian girl falling in love with an American, and thus lived in India for about five months for filming and calls it “a phenomenal experience.”

Talking about Bollywood, Jane says: “I love the way they make movies there. I love their style. My girlfriend recently threw me a birthday party and the whole theme was Bollywood… I still have a real soft spot for everything Indian.”

Jane has been quoted as saying: “India opened up my eyes to the world in a way no other experience could have. It’s the opposite of the western world. Their values are put less on the material things and more on the spiritual things of life, and being in India gave me a perspective that material things are not the end-all, be-all of what life is about… I was shown the light in India… It gave me the strength and wisdom to overcome a lot of rejection.”

Applauding Jane for finding new life perspective in India, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged him to further study the rich philosophical thought which Hinduism offers. Jane should start with ancient scripture Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), which says: “You have the right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction.”

Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that if asked, he or other Hindu scholars would gladly assist Jane in his spiritual quest.