‘There shouldn’t be a com­par­i­son be­tween re­gional films and Bol­ly­wood’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment -

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.

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