“We must discourage American and English films because they invade our screens. We must behave as one nation. We must stop dividing ourselves like North India or South India. We must first take advantage of our own films, whether in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu or Punjabi,” Ranaut told reporters at a press conference.
The actor said Hollywood destroyed French, Italian, German and other industries by creating a global monopoly.
“That’s what they do here too… We don’t like each other and see the dubbed versions of ‘Lion King’ or ‘Jungle Book’ instead. But we won’t give a dubbed version of a Malayalam movie a chance. It will not work in our favour. We have to keep our people and our industry our priority. This is the way to do an Atmanirbhar Bharat,” she added.
Ranaut’s latest film, “Thalaivii”, which was simultaneously in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu languages, is directed by AL Vijay and written by KV Vijayendra Prasad, Madhan Karky and Rajat Arora.
Ranaut, who plays the former CM of Tamil Nadu in the film, said she had a different perception of politicians but everything changed after taking on the role.
“We usually see politicians from a certain angle, but really we don’t know anything about their lives and how they become who they are… But when I accepted this role, I realized how hard the job is and how much work it takes… I think we are often hard on politicians because of their political success,” she said.
During the press conference, the actor also opened up about his feud with multiplex owners over the release of the Hindi version of “Thalaivii.”
Major multiplex channels refused to screen the Hindi version of the film in North India as they claimed they were only offered a two-week window, while the Tamil and Telugu versions will be screened in the theaters for four weeks before heading to OTT. platforms.
Ranaut said multiplex theater owners have different rules for movies featuring big heroes.
“We’ve seen in the past that they’re totally fine with releasing big heroes and big studio movies. So this kind of gangsmanship and groupism happens all the time…I think we should trust single-screen rooms,” she added.
The actor further stated that she can relate very much to Jayalalithaa as her own personal struggles were quite similar to the challenges that deceased politicians faced in her lifetime.
“As a woman working in the men’s world, I feel like women are undervalued, especially in leadership roles. When it comes to leadership, women are not the obvious choice and Jaya Ma also struggled with this.
“Similarly, when I became a director, I also faced a lot of criticism from everywhere. I even got banned by the media and the film industry…So those are the things I was I gave a political opinion and had to have my house demolished even though the court later said it was a criminal act I was exonerated but at the same time they tried crush my voice,” the actor said of BMC’s decision to demolish its Mumbai office last year.
When asked if making a political film like “Thalaivii” was a step towards entering world politics, Ranaut replied that she was not a politician.
“I’m a nationalist and I speak a lot for the country. That’s why people think I’m interested in politics. Those are two different things. I’m not a politician but a responsible citizen and people like me. brought them to this point because they know I will speak on their behalf,” she added.
She said the decision to enter politics was not hers.
“Whether I should enter politics or not, this decision will not be mine. Without the support of the people, a person cannot even win a panchayat election. If I should enter politics, then it is important that people support me, elect me or they see that I have the caliber of a politician. But right now, I feel like I’m good as an actor,” Ranaut added.
Produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shailesh R Singh, “Thalaivii” also features Arvind Swami, Nassar and Bhagyashree.
The film will be released in theaters on Friday.