Movies like ‘Baahubali’, ‘KGF’, ‘RRR’ and ‘Pushpa’ among others have opened doors for South movies on a Pan-India map. And in the last couple of years, many Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films have managed to entertain not only Indian, but global audiences.
‘KGF’ star Yash, who was a speaker at a conclave recently spoke about how the North Indian audiences perceive South films. “A decade back, dubbed South films were very popular up in the North. And many watched it with different opinions, in fact, most of them used to make fun of South films. People from the North would say, ‘yeh kya action hai? Sab udd raha hai’,” expressed Yash.
But over a period of time, the perception of people towards South films have changed. “Gradually people got hooked to South style of cinema. Earlier, South films were dubbed so badly that it sounded funny. Even the movies were sold at a very bare minimum price,” said Yash.
When Yash was asked about the Blockbuster film ‘Kantara’, he added, “Many say ‘Kantara is not my film, well, it’s also my film. It’s really important from our industry perspective to change that attitude. People have talent and confidence, but the moment you step out, people start judging you. It then becomes very difficult to break that perception.”
Yash, who’s faced criticism in the initial stages of his career, shares that everyone had a negative perception about the Kannada industry. “It was said that the Kannada industry has a lot of limitations. We can’t compete with the rest of the industries because their budgets are high and they have bigger markets. And many even said that the Kannada Film Industry could never make it. I feel, no industry is big or small,” Yash concluded.
Ananya is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business: Chunky Panday
Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday starrer ‘Liger’ turned out to be a failure at the box office. It was Vijay’s debut in Bollywood and Ananya’s first bilingual film too. But the film didn’t shape up the way it was expected and even Ananya’s father-actor Chunky Panday agrees to it.
Talking about Liger’s failure, Chunky expressed, “Any actor gives his or her 100 percent to a film. And after you finish it, you go out of your way to promote the film. And these days promotional activities are a trend where you even go into masses urging fans to watch it. But sometimes things go wrong and we are depressed about it. And it’s okay, that’s an obvious reaction for any actor to feel devastated. Success or failure can happen with any film, an artist has to live with it and just move on. I’m sure my daughter (Ananya) is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business.”
Having said that, Chunky feels that one should not ‘overconfident’ or ‘underestimate’ anything in the film industry. “On a film set, almost around 400 people work. And as an actor, we don’t get to see each and every thing as a whole. We are aware of only portions of what’s happening but we don’t know what’s going to be the end result. So, it’s better to take things as they come,” Chunky stated.
Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi
Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.
The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman.
But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.
Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana
Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.
The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture.
Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.