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Suniel Shetty on South versus Bollywood debate: Somewhere down the line, we have forgotten the audience – Times of India

Ajay Devgn and Kiccha Sudeep’s Twitter spat opened the floodgates for a Bollywood versus South war. Regional language movies like ‘Pushpa’, ‘RRR’ and ‘KGF: Chapter 2’ are doing well even in their Hindi dubbed versions while recent Bollywood biggies have been struggling.

When Suniel Shetty was asked to share his thoughts on this tussle between the two industries, the actor had said, “I think this scene has been created on social media. We are Indians. I think with the coming of the OTT platform, everyone has realized that language doesn’t matter. It is the content that matters. I come from the South too, but my work lies in Mumbai, so I always say I’ll be a Mumbaikar. But the fact is, the audience, they are deciding which films to watch and which to not. My only problem is only that we have probably forgotten the audience somewhere down the line. We are not catering to them. Heroism has moved out.”

He further stated that eventually the content triumphs all. “70 per cent of Indians are an audience who whistle in theatres. So I think it is the content that we need to work on and Bollywood will always remain Bollywood. And if you recognise India, you will recognise the heroes of Bollywood too. So, I think it is a question of time. This is a journey where we have to rethink and produce better content. Finally content is the king, whether it is South, East, North or West, it doesn’t matter,” stated Suniel Shetty.

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