Alia Bhatt On South Industry’s Rise Over Bollywood: ‘Even All Their Films Have Not Worked'

The South Indian vs Bollywood has been a major topic of discussion ever since pan-India films like RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 crossed Rs. 1000 crore collections, whilst Hindi movies have not fared that well. Bollywood movies with big stars and huge production budgets also failed to bring the audience back to the theatres. Over the months, several actors have shared their opinion on Bollywood’s fall and rise of South Indian films. Alia Bhatt is the most recent celeb to speak about the issue. Bhatt said that not all South Indian films were hit and even they had some flops.

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In an interview with the Indian Express, Alia said, “It’s a tough year for Indian cinema. We should be a little kind to Hindi films. Today, we are sitting here and saying, ‘Oh Bollywood, oh Hindi cinema…’. But are we counting the films that have done well this year? Even in the south industry, all their films have not worked. Some of the films have worked, and they are very good films. But similarly over here, starting with my film, Gangubai Kathiawadi, have worked and done very well.”

Alia further said people are hard on cinema in general because we are coming through the post-pandemic phase. She said, “The theatres were shut for almost two years, so there is sort of assessment, ‘What are the films that are going to work in the theatres?’, ‘What are the films which are working in general?’. Good content will always do well.”

Bhatt is currently gearing up for the release of her movie Darlings and also has the adventure-fantasy movie Brahmastra lined up for release. She will also be making her Hollywood debut alongside Gal Gadot, Jamie Dornan and more.


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