‘There shouldn’t be a comparison between regional films and Bollywood’
Every year, when the National Film Award winners are announced, a tally is drawn between who won more awards –– Hindi or regional films. However, actor-producer Priyanka Chopra says this divide is uncalled for, as they are all, after all, Indian.
“I am not a negative person. I’d like to think that finally regional cinema is getting the credit it deserves, because there are too many incredible storytellers and filmmakers there. As they get opportunities, and producers back them, regional films are getting more exposure and, of course, they will do well,” says Priyanka, adding, “However, I don’t think there should be a comparison because, eventually, we are all Indian and these are all Indian films.”
Priyanka is glad that Indian cinema, be it regional or Bollywood, has grown by leaps and bounds. “I’d like to focus more on that progress, rather than dividing us,” she says.
Under her banner, so far Bhojpuri entertainer Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi, Punjabi film Sarvann and the Marathi movie Ventilator, which won three National Awards, have seen the light of day. “My reason for setting up this company was to give opportunities. And we only do that based on content and merit,” Priyanka explains, pointing out her decision to make a Sikkimese film was because no film has ever been made in Sikkim.