"It's become such a toxic place"
Kangana Ranaut has stated that Bollywood is “toxic” and lacks “empathy” compared to the Tamil film industry.
She explained that entering Bollywood is like breaching the Great Wall of China.
However, Kangana admitted that because she is still new in South India, she has a “very superficial” view of regional film industries.
Her comments come as her South Indian debut Thalaivii is set to hit cinemas on September 10, 2021.
Kangana said: “What is very striking about regional cinema is that at least they find some common ground.
“They’re chameleons, and that’s something that they resonate with.
“Whereas in Hindi films, because we’ve all migrated to Mumbai, there is so much diversity there, yet there is a bit of tension always.
“Everybody wants to pull everybody down, that’s not helping at all.
“It’s become such a toxic place that somehow, nobody is happy for another person, and we are not able to find a common ground we are able to identify with.”
Kangana went on to say that finding common ground is important in order to avoid “getting carried away with petty human emotions”.
She said: “A place where there is no love, no empathy, no sense of camaraderie, no sense of compassion, you can only imagine how toxic that place is going to be.
“Whereas regional cinema is going higher and higher, and we are also seeking some kind of place (in an industry) where people are so wonderful to each other.
“I hope it remains like that and too many people coming in here don’t ruin it.”
Kangana recalled first entering Bollywood and discovering that there was no proper process in place.
“There were no casting agents, there were no OTTs to launch actors, it was a very difficult time.”
Kangana added that she was “desperate” and in a “do-or-die” situation and after having “closed all doors”, she had to fight her way into “the Wall of China of the film industry”.
The first reviews for Kangana’s Thalaivii are coming in and they have been positive.
On the J Jayalalithaa biopic, Kangana called it one of the “best films of her career”, stating it was a “fulfilling” experience.
In an Instagram Story, Kangana said:
“What a gratifying experience to watch Thalaivii, the best film of my career so far.”
The second post read: “Thalaivii is a theatrical experience, hopefully Hindi multiplexes will also play it.
“I am confident that it will bring audiences back to theatres.”