Last updated: July 21, 2022 at 21:16 IST
discussion about Bollywood Cinema versus Southern cinema caught on with the star-studded, big-ticket South Indian films that grossed huge box office hits and several critically acclaimed mid-budget gems. While some believe that modernity and condemnation are paying off for southern filmmakers and actors giving Indian cinema a much-needed boost, others argue that the rise of regional film industries has blurred the lines between them and Bollywood.
For actor Vijay Deverakonda, the north-south divide is a deterrent that needs to be mitigated and he feels the Hindi film industry is already on the right track. In the teaser for the upcoming multilingual action drama Liger on Thursday, he said, “There has always been a case where artists from the south have always worked in Hindi cinema and we have had many actors like Anil Kapoor Sir who debuted in the South movie. Madam Sridevi was from The south. It’s much clearer now but both fields always work together. It’s time for this to happen. I look forward to the day when the north-south divide is no longer in cinema, it’s called Indian cinema and we call Indian actors. I think this is something that should to look forward to.”
Liger marks his first collaboration with film director Puri Jagannath. Talking about his experience working with the director, who is known for masala artists, enthusiast Deverakonda said, “Puri Sidi is the original gangster of commercial cinema. He made his directorial debut with a movie titled Badri (2000), which was a blockbuster. All of his movies were huge. They were reproduced. Many of his films are in several languages including Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Bhojpuri. One of his films was remade by Rohit Shetty, Simba (2018), which is a huge hit. I feel every actor should work with him at least once.”
When asked about his journey through the Liger industry, Deverakonda added, “I see this as a big, ambitious dream come alive. I love telling stories and love telling them to huge audiences with packed halls and what the biggest hall of all India!”