In comparison to the Tamil film industry, Kangana Ranaut has remarked that the Hindi film industry is “toxic” and lacks “empathy.” Kangana will make her South Indian debut in the J Jayalalithaa biopic Thalaivii, which will be released in theatres on Friday.
She said in an interview that breaking into Bollywood is like conquering the Great Wall of China, and that she has a “very superficial” view of the regional film industries because she is still new to south India.
In an interaction with Tried & Refused Productions on YouTube, the Manikarnika actress said, “What is very striking about regional cinema is that at least they find some common ground. They’re chameleons, and that’s something that they resonate with… Whereas in Hindi films, because we’ve all migrated to Mumbai, there is so much diversity there, yet there is a bit of tension always… Everybody wants to pull everybody down, that’s not helping at all. It’s become such a toxic place that somehow, nobody is happy for another person, and we are not able to find a common ground we are able to identify with.”
She added, “A place where there is no love, no empathy, no sense of camaraderie, no sense of compassion, you can only imagine how toxic that place is going to be. Whereas regional cinema is going higher and higher, and we are also seeking some kind of place (in an industry) where people are so wonderful to each other. I hope it remains like that and too many people coming in here don’t ruin it.”
Kangana claimed that there was no formal protocol in place when she first entered Bollywood. “There were no casting agents, there were no OTTs to launch actors, it was a very difficult time,” she claimed, adding that she was “desperate” and in a “do-or-die” situation, and that she had no alternative but to fight her way through “the Wall of China of the film industry” after having “closed all doors.”