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Emraan Hashmi applauds South industry; says Bollywood spends money in wrong departments

There is no doubt that Emraan Hashmi is one of the most talented actors in the entertainment industry. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about his upcoming Telugu film, OG. After starring in Tiger 3, Emraan relishes the opportunity to play an antagonist next to Pawan Kalyan again. He recently gave a candid interview about his experiences working in the South’s film industry, admitting that he had never imagined appearing in a film there.

In a recent interview with The Times of India, Emraan Hashmi discussed his views on the contrasting work cultures in Bollywood and the South Indian film industry. He emphasized that Southern filmmakers are highly disciplined, and their efforts pay off in the cinematic experience. However, he pointed out that Hindi filmmakers spend money on less productive areas. 

He stated, “I think South filmmakers are way more disciplined than we are (in Hindi cinema). Every penny that they spend on their film shows on screen. I think we often spend money in the wrong areas in Hindi films, and it doesn’t eventually translate on screen. They have finesse in their films when it comes to VFX, the scale, and the choice of path-breaking stories. We have some ground to cover before we can match that, and we have a lot to learn from the way they make films.”

In addition, he expressed how happy it made him to be working on a film in the South. Emraan, who has become quite well-known for his protagonist roles, revealed that he never saw himself working in the South film industry. However, he commented that his character and the screenplay were superb. The actor acknowledged Sujeeth as a brilliant director and revealed they are working on a unique project.

He added, “I think finding a groove is dangerous because that could put you in a box again. I hated the fact that I was boxed into certain kinds of roles for almost 15 years. There was a deliberate effort to get out of that box and try something different because I wasn’t growing as an actor. I was sleepwalking on every set. That is when I took up films like Shanghai and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. It’s actually a huge trap. A lot of actors from the West also probably bail out from doing characters like Bond because you gradually get boxed in sometimes. They say it is detrimental to your career because people can’t see you as anything else when you come out of that.”

Emraan Hashmi is currently working on Sujeeth Reddy’s South Indian film OG. The main leads in the film are Pawan Kalyan and Priyanka Arul Mohan, with a significant role played by Tamil actor Arjun Das. OG is scheduled for release in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada theatres on September 27, 2024.

Source: The Times of India

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