Actor Kangana Ranaut said on Thursday that there was a need to discourage Hollywood films and promote Indian stories in different languages instead.
The 34-year-old actor, who was in the nation’s capital to promote his upcoming film Thalaivii, a biopic about the late J Jayalalithaa, said it was important to keep “our people and our industry” a priority to “make an Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
“We must discourage American and English films because they invade our screens. We must behave as one nation. We have to stop dividing ourselves like North India or South India. We have to enjoy our own films first, whether they are 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 we see dubbed versions of The Lion King or The Jungle Book instead. But we won’t give a dubbed version of a Malayalam movie a chance. It will not work in our favor. We must make 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 was and how hard it required… I think we are often hard on politicians because of their political success,” she said.
During the press conference, the actor also addressed 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 gangism and groupism happens all the time…I think we should do confidence in 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 directing, women aren’t the obvious choice and Jaya Ma has also struggled with that.
“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 faced. J gave a political opinion and because of that my house was demolished even though the court later said it was a criminal act I was exonerated but at the same time they tried to crush my voice,” the actor said of BMC’s decision to demolish his Mumbai office last year.
When asked if making a political film like Thalaivii was a step towards entering the world of politics, Ranaut replied that she was not a politician.
“I am 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 am not a politician but a responsible citizen and people have brought me to this stage because they know I will speak on their behalf,” she added.
She said the decision to enter politics was not hers.
“Whether I am in 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’m going to get into politics, then it’s important that people support me, elect me or 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.