Kangana Ranaut has often shared her concerns about the issues that interest her and she never shies away from making controversial statments. The actress has often been open about her displeasure for nepotism in Bollywood. The actor has been vocal about how she feels the opportunities given to star kids in Hindi films deprive ‘outsiders’.
This time it wasn’t the Bollywood stars, but Kangana has now targeted their kids, talking about their lack of relatability with the audience causing Hindi films to lose to South cinema.
The Dhakaad actress, in a recent interview with ABP Live, Kangana responded to a question on what makes South Indian cinema more successful than Bollywood of late.
The actor responded, “The way they have a connect with their audience, it is very strong. I wouldn’t say fans, it’s much more than that. With us what happens is that their (stars’) kids go abroad to complete their studies. They talk in English, watch only Hollywood films. They eat only with knife and fork and talk differently. So, how will they connect? Dekhne me bhi ajeeb se aise lagte hai jaise uble hue ande (They even look weird like boiled eggs). Their entire look has changed so people cannot relate. I don’t mean to troll anyone.”
For the unversed, Telugu and Kannada film industries have beaten all Hindi films at the box office. Recently, both RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 have earned over ₹1000 crore, while Pushpa: The Rise was also extremely successful, minting over ₹100 crore in the Hindi belt alone.
Meanwhile, the Hindi versions of these films alone beat most Bollywood films released in the last two years.
Kangana has blamed the star kids for the lack of audience’s interest, who are being cast as the leading men and women in many Hindi films.
She exampled Allu Arjun’s character Pushpa in the 2021 Telugu blockbuster Pushpa: The Rise and elaborated how people could relate to it. She added, “Look how Pushpa looks like someone we know. Every labourer is able to connect with him. Tell me which of our heroes can look like a labourer in today’s times? They cannot. So, their culture (of the South Indian film industry) and their grounded nature is paying them off. I hope they don’t start taking inspiration from the West. It’s important to stay connected to people within your country.”
Meanwhile, on the work front, Kangana Ranaut is currently awaiting the release of her spy action-thriller Dhaakad.
The film sees her in the role of a super spy. Directed by Razneesh Ghai, it also stars Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta and is set to release on May 20.
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