It is not right to divide cinema into regions

Last update: August 05, 2022, 7:19 PM IST

Manoj Bajpai talks about the Hindi vs South debate.

Manoj Bajpayee also opened up on the Hindi vs South debate in cinema, saying that it is unfair to divide cinema on the basis of regions.

After the success of South films, Pan India films have become a common word in everyone’s vocabulary. Blockbusters like KGF, RRR and Pushpa have not only attracted the Indian audience but also given a tough competition to contemporary Hindi language cinema. Back-to-back box office dramas like Shamsheera and Dhakad only point to the changing landscape of entertainment in the country. Veteran actor Manoj Bajpayee shares his views on the trend of ‘Pan India Cinema’.

Speaking to eTimes, the Gang of Wasseypur actor expressed, “It was never north or south. For me, India is from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and not from Kashmir to Delhi. That’s how I see India. “If Telugu films do well, I will be as proud as if Hindi films do well. It is not fair to divide cinema into regions. It is good that this debate has started because now we have the result.” Arriving that cinema belongs to everyone in India.

The Aligarh actor further explained that if a film is dubbed in multiple audiences, that film automatically becomes a ‘pan-India’ film whether it is Tamil, Marathi or Malayalam. He also explained that his priority in projects is always to suit the audience who can come from any part of the country. Manoj shared, “Whenever I chose a film, I always thought that my audience is everywhere. I felt very lucky when The Family Man found its audience in all parts of the country. Different languages. People who speak have seen Family Man, and they like it. And that’s how it should be. Cinema doesn’t belong to any one region. Cinema belongs to everyone.”

Apart from this, Bajpayee has a busy year ahead with projects like Gulmohar, Kanu Bahl’s Dispatch, Joram with his Bhosle director Devashish Mukhija, and in Pahadoon, and Soup, a Netflix series that follows Ray and Soncheriya. It is his third collaboration with director Abhishek Chaubey.

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