Veteran Filmmaker Priyadarshan says ‘Impossible to survive in Bollywood’, here’s why

Director Priyadarshan is returning to the Bollywood industry after seven years with ‘Hungama 2’. The director is famous left Bollywood for the Telugu and Tamil film industry because he felt there was no scope for experimentation in Hindi cinema.

Priyadarshan is known for his stellar work in films like  ‘Geethaanjali’, ‘Oppam’ and ‘Aamayum Muyalum’ in Malayalam and Tamil films ‘Nimir’ and ‘Sometimes’. His last couple of Hindi films like Aise Ko Taisa (2013), Rangrezz (2012), Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal (2012), Tezz (2011) had tanked at the Box Office which urged him to quit Bollywood for South cinema.

In a recent interview, Priyadarshan said that Bollywood’s affinity to mass entertainers can be creatively stifling. “I take the cinema in South seriously. I don’t put seriousness in Bollywood movies. Because in Bollywood, people want entertainment even if it has no meaning. One cannot survive in Bollywood without focusing on entertainment,” Priyadarshan added.  Talking about his National Award-winning 2008 South film ‘Kanchivaram’ he said “In Hindi film industry, the maximum one can do is try and make a film like ‘Badhaai Ho’ or ‘Andhadhun’, but if I want to make something of the level of ‘Kanchivaram’ it is impossible. If I will make that kinda film, it will have no traction.”

He blamed his problems for ruining his career in the Bollywood industry. It was only in the year 2013 that Priyadarshan worked with Mohanlal in Geethanjali which performed well at the Box Office. Priyadarshan is the name behind the flying careers of Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor back in the day. But he only became super popular in North India with ‘Hera Pheri’, ‘Hungama’, ‘Hulchul’, ‘Bhagam Bhag’, ‘Malamaal Weekly’ and ‘Chup Chup Ke’. He later established himself as the master of comedy films in Bollywood industry.

The director has finally come to terms with how things work so differently in both cinemas. He said he would now make entertainers for Bollywood and serious films for Tollywood. Talking about his next release, Priyadarshan is all set to make his comeback with the sequel of 2003 hit comedy film ‘Hungama’. ‘Hungama 2’, produced by Venus Films, is set to hit the theatre screens in the later half of the year 2020.

He concluded by saying that he might be pigeonholed in the comedy space, but he loves the fact that his films spread a little smile on people’s faces. People won’t remember him as a great director, but they would remember him with a smile on their faces.

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