This ongoing debate about the South Industry taking over Bollywood is not taking its name to stop at all. Recently, Bollywood filmmaker Rohit Shetty has also talked about the same issue while promoting his new advertisement with actor Ranveer Singh. The filmmaker has also said that this is by no means a new phenomenon at all as history says that the South industry has existed for centuries, but Bollywood will never end at all.
While interacting with the media as well, the Golmaal director has revealed how the ‘Bollywood is over’ trend goes back in history. “Bollywood khatam (Bollywood finish) will never be a trend at all. Back in the 80s, when VCRs came to the fore, people said that theater would go out of business, and Bollywood had come to an end. Then, just recently with the boom of OTT, many people said that Bollywood is over. So then Bollywood kabhi khatam bilkul nahi hoga (Bollywood will never end).”
Elaborating further, Rohit has also pointed out that the culture of remaking South Indian films in Hindi dates back to the 60s. “When you examine the history, then you will learn that the South (film industry) has been around since the 60s and 50s. Shashi Kapoor’s Pyaar Kiye Jaa was also a remake of a South film. In the 80s, when Vinod Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan were at their peak, A new boy had entered the world of cinema as well, Kamal Haasan sir with Ek Duje Ke Liye, and it was a hit too,” They said.
He continued, “The superstar heroines of the 80s and 90s, Sridevi and Jayaprada, hail from the south. Roja, which brought a huge change in cinema, was directed by Mani (Ratnam) sir. Ram Gopal Varma is also coming with an action film with Nagarjuna. AR Rahman is the biggest music director in the South. Films like Jitendra sir’s Justice Chowdhary, Himmatwala, and Mawali are also South remakes. That’s why they have existed for centuries.”
Meanwhile, Rohit will very soon be leaving for Cape Town, South Africa to shoot for the stunt reality show, Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 12. His next directorial venture is Cirkus, also starring Ranveer Singh, Pooja Hegde, and Jacqueline Fernandes. Apart from this, he has also been busy shooting for his digital debut series Indian Police Force, In which Sidharth Malhotra is also in the lead role.