Actor Kangana Ranaut has said that the Hindi film industry is “toxic” and lacks “empathy” compared to the Tamil film industry. Kangana will soon be making her South Indian debut, Jayalalithaa biopic Thalaivii, scheduled for release in theaters on Friday.
In an interview, she said that breaking into Bollywood is like breaking through the Great Wall of China, and admitted that since she is still new to South India, she has a “very superficial” view of the regional film industries.
In an interaction with Tried & Refused Productions on YouTube, she said, “What’s remarkable about regional cinema is that it at least finds common ground. It’s a chameleon, and that’s something that resonates with it…whereas in Hindi films, because we’ve all migrated to Mumbai, There is a lot of variety out there, and yet there is always a little tension… Everyone wants everyone to pull, that doesn’t help at all. It has become such a toxic place that somehow, no one is happy for another person, and we are unable to find a floor common that we can identify with.”
Finding common ground, she said, is critical to avoiding a “drift in petty human sentiments”. She added, “A place where there is no love, no sympathy, no sense of camaraderie, no sense of pity, you can only imagine how toxic this place is. While regional cinema is moving higher and higher, we are also looking for somewhere (in an industry) It’s where people are so great to each other. I hope it stays that way and a lot of people who come here don’t screw it up.”
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Kangana said that when she got into Bollywood, there was no proper process in place. “There were no casting agents, no OTTs to fire actors, it was a very difficult time,” she said, adding that she was “desperate” and in a do-or-die situation and after “everything closed the doors,” she had no choice but to To make its way to the “China Wall of Film Industry”.