MUMBAI, INDIA : Kangana Ranaut has never been shy about her hatred for Bollywood nepotism. The actor has been outspoken about how she believes celebrity kids in Hindi films deny ‘outsiders’ of possibilities. Kangana Ranaut has once again criticised star youngsters, claiming in a recent interview that their lack of audience relatability is what is driving Hindi films to lose ground to South films.
Films from the Telugu and Kannada film industries have outperformed all Hindi films at the box office in the post-pandemic era. RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 have both grossed over 1000 crores, while Pushpa: The Rise was also a big hit, grossing over 100 crore in the Hindi belt alone. These films’ Hindi adaptations alone outperformed most Bollywood films released in the past two years. Kangana believes it’s because the public doesn’t connect with the celebrity youngsters who play the main characters in many Hindi films.
Kangana Ranaut reacted to a question on what makes South Indian film more successful than Bollywood these days in an interview with ABP Live. “The way they interact with their audience is incredibly strong,” the actor answered. It’s far more than fans, in my opinion. What happens with us is that their (stars’) children move overseas to finish their education. They only watch Hollywood movies and speak in English. They only eat with a knife and fork and speak in a different way. So, how are they going to connect? Dekhne me bhi ajeeb se aise lagte hai jaise uble hue ande jaise uble hue ande (They even look weird like boiled eggs). People are unable to relate to them since their entire appearance has altered. “I’m not trying to troll anyone.”
When discussing characters that people can relate to, the actor used Allu Arjun’s character Pushpa from the 2021 Telugu movie Pushpa: The Rise as an example. “Look how Pushpa looks like someone we know,” she said. Every labourer may communicate with him. Which of our heroes might pass for a labourer in today’s world? They just cannot. As a result, their culture (the South Indian film industry) and grounded nature are paying off for them. I hope they don’t start looking to the West for inspiration. It’s critical to maintain contact with individuals in your own nation.”
Kangana Ranaut is presently anticipating the release of Dhaakad, her spy thriller. Her character is a super spy in the film. Razneesh Ghai directed the film, which also stars Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta and will be released on May 20.