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“Why do Hindi Actors always play bad guys in South Films?”: Bollywood Filmmaker

Filmmaker Krishna DK shared that actors from the Bollywood industry usually go on to play bad guys in south cinema. His latest project, Farzi, is headlined by Hindi Cinema actor Shahid Kapoor and Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi.

Hindi Actors are always taken for negative roles?

Pan India films like RRR and KGF have become popular globally and in India, because artists from all industries collaborated with each other. Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s Farzi, which also witnesses major collaboration, will see Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor share screen space with Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi.


While many actors from the south have starred as mainstream heroes in Bollywood, it hasn’t been the same for Bollywood’s leading actors. Stars like Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, and R Madhavan have had many leading roles in Hindi films. While female actors like Taapsee Pannu and Tamannaah Bhatia are able to land leading roles in south cinema, the men haven’t been so lucky.

South’s perception 

Speaking about it, in an interview with Galatta Plus, Krishna DK said, “There are a lot of villains in Tamil and Telugu who are from the north. All our actors here have gone there and played bad guys including Manoj Bajpayee.” The filmmaker pointed out that actors who transition to south cinema usually get the parts of the bad guys. Some recent actors who have played villains include Sonu Sood and Mukul Dev.

Shahid, who was also part of the same Galatta Plus interview stated that he hadn’t been offered any film in another language yet. His co-star Raashii Khanna went on to say, “Honestly when it comes to acceptance of male heroes in the north doing a south film, I don’t know how well that will be accepted in the south, that too as a mainstream hero.”


Here’s the full interview: