Actress Kriti Sanon thinks Bollywood hasn’t stopped creating larger-than-life “masala” entertainment, as it’s a very social-friendly genre with strong box office appeal.
According to Sanon, the perception that Hindi cinema has moved away from commercial cooking pots has grown stronger over the past two years when Bollywood saw no major theatrical releases due to the pandemic.
His latest action comedy “Bachchhan Paandey” starring Akshay Kumar is now being touted as the film that will revive the Hindi film genre on a grand scale.
“I don’t think we’ve stopped making these great commercial artists, it’s just that we haven’t had as many releases. There’s a lineup of films, all with great potential, waiting to come. We we feel like that because in that short time not many Southern movies came in and made their mark, which was fantastic.
“These movies are doing really well, they’re shooting in huge numbers because there’s a huge audience. So as long as the audience is there, these movies will never go out of style, they’ll keep getting made,” Sanon said.
While Bollywood only had one hit last year, the high-profile actor ‘Sooryavanshi’ also headlined by Kumar, Tamil and Telugu films saw the huge success of ‘Master’ and ‘Pushpa’.
In three months, several successful films from the South have already been released, including “Valimai”, “Bheemla Nayak”, “Radhe Shyam”. Next in line are SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’, slated for release on March 25, and the highly anticipated ‘KGF Chapter 2’.
The 31-year-old actor said the market has opened up to all films in India and she doesn’t see it as several industries “competing” with each other.
“It’s a healthy time for everyone. Today there are a lot of bilingual and trilingual films being made, which wasn’t the case before. Technicians were still working in all industries, many of them during my first film were from the South. But for actors, it’s happening now, which is great,” she added.
In ‘Bachchhan Paandey’, Sanon plays Myra, an aspiring director who decides to document the life of the titular and feared gangster with the help of her friend, played by actor Arshad Warsi.
The actress said she was surprised at how well director Farhad Samji presented all the elements of a quintessential Hindi entertainer.
“It had all the elements, action, comedy, drama, thrill that worked for me. It’s smartly done and in this world I’m playing the role of this urban girl, a role I haven’t played in since a moment. She’s a brave girl who enters this world down under to make a movie about a gangster who can kill her at any moment. I found this hook very interesting.
“What also worked for me is that my chemistry with Akshay in the film is different from what we did in ‘Housefull 4’, it’s an entirely new space, so there was a chance to do something I hadn’t done before,” she added.
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, “Bachchhan Paandey” also stars Jacqueline Fernandez.
[With Inputs From PTI]