Amid the KGF Chapter 2 and RRR success, there has been a lot of talk about “pan-Indian films”, especially films that were released in Hindi as well as their original languages – Kannada and Telugu respectively. Recently Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui expressed concerns and said that this change has come but for the worse.
Nawazuddin is not happy
The Box Office records of these South films have changed the perception that Bollywood is the big thing in Indian cinema. Both RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 include Bollywood actors in their cast – Alia Bhatt co-stars in RRR, Sanjay Dutt, and Raveena Tandon in KGF 2. Audiences have welcomed the content of these films and that’s not something to celebrate, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says.
After over two years of locked theatres, Nawazuddin’s hope was that movie fans would emerge from the pandemic with a fine taste for cinema based on the quality of international content available on streaming platforms. “I felt the audience will mature after the pandemic and lockdown because they would have seen good international cinema. Change has come but it’s for the worse,” he said.
The Box Office funda
The box office collection just the Hindi version of KGF 2, starring Yash, has collected over Rs 380 crores; the film’s numbers have crossed the collections of massive Bollywood blockbusters like Aamir Khan’s PK, Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju, and Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai. Meanwhile, RRR celebrating Rs 1,000 crores overall collection, has made Rs 262 crores in the Hindi version of the film.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui explained that box office performance should not be combined with the merits of a film. “When a film does well everyone joins in and praises it even more, if a film doesn’t collect good money people criticize it more,” he said, adding “This is like fashion, now if a Bollywood film becomes a big hit then all these talks will change. I think this is just a trend.”
Nawazuddin Siddiqui himself stars in a masala entertainer that released today, Heropanti 2 with Tiger Shroff, “Yes, I have also done a commercial film. Hope people go and watch this one also and we rake in lots of money,” he said.