With the growing popularity of regional films, first, because of OTT that removed the language barrier and then because of the film the grandeur of movies like RRR and KGF: Chapter 2, the audiences across the nation are opening their minds to movies from other parts.
This has also given rise to a new term – pan India. The regional films are being called by this term.
While some think it’s actually a compliment for Indian films, actor Sidharth who has done films in many languages, calls the term disrespectful.
He talked about his earlier interview and said, as quoted by IANS, “I said in a Hindi interview, ‘why do you want to cross over the seas? Why don’t you want to cross over to inside India? Why don’t you first start watching films made in other languages? Why don’t you first start considering Indian films as Indian films?’ There’s no wood, no regional. As a result of that, they have come up with this comedy called pan-Indian.”
“Pan-Indian is a very disrespectful word because the term is being used to describe that a regional film means there is something called an Indian film, which comes from Bollywood. That’s what it means. It means that you don’t have to qualify Hindi films with any word, but if it is coming from regional cinema, they are not just regional films but they are pan-Indian. That is nonsense! All films are Indian films.”
Siddharth adds, “Is that to say that there was no pan-Indian cinema 15 years back? Indian cinema is Indian cinema. My boss Mani Ratnam made a film called ‘Roja’, which everybody in India saw. Nobody said it was a pan-Indian film.”
“Today, my friends in Bengaluru have made ‘KGF’. I am so proud of them. ‘KGF’ is an Indian film. It is a Kannada film. You can watch it in any language you want, but it is an Indian film made by the Kannada industry. The term pan-India should be removed, if you ask me. It should just be called an Indian film. Otherwise, refer to it in the language it was made in.”
Actor Siddharth concluded by saying that technicians who have worked in Telugu and Kannada films have also been working in Hindi cinema. So, if the content is good, you don’t have to give it a name. It will go everywhere.
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