Alia Bhatt expressed her thoughts on the recently ignited debate regarding the success of South Indian cinema when compared to North Indian cinema. In an exclusive interview with Kaushik Rajaraman on DT Next on June 15, Alia commented on the discussions sparked by the eminent success of South Indian films such as “RRR”,”Pushpa”, and “KGF:Chapter 2”. When contrasted with the current failure of Bollywood at the box office, these films are representing the entirety of South Indian cinema in their unprecedented success over Bollywood.

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In the interview, Bhatt stated that all films made in India were “made for everyone” and represented a “pan-Indian emotion”. “It’s for everyone. Because it genuinely is. Sometimes there is a feeling that’s not for you, but that’s not true,” Alia remarked. 

Implying that language should not pose as a barrier, she claims that “there were no Hindi, Tamil, or Telugu films, and that there were only “Indian films”. 

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She emphasised on the emotions films evoke in people, and that she considers it essential that the audience strongly feels that the film they are watching is “a film for them”. 

Her comments come after the release of her new film Brahmastra’s trailer on 15 June, which will be released in theatres on 9 September. The film features Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan, and is directed by Ayan Mukerji. The film is being paraded as the “first pan-Indian Bollywood film”, due to its release in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. The film involves the construction of a world which incorporates archaic Indian history and its ideologies into a modern world.

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