Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is on promotional spree for his next directorial, Do Baaraa, starring Taapsee Pannu. The filmmaker has been talking about the Hindi films, current state of cinema, South industry and why films aren't doing well in theatres like they did pre-pandemic.
Anurag Kashyap says films aren’t working in South either; reflects on Hindi movies failing at the box office: ‘Main problem is that people do not have the money; you are paying GST on paneer’
When asked what may be the reason behind the failure of Hindi films at the box office, Anurag told Bollywood Now, "Nobody is lacking. How do you know South movies are working? One film worked in Kannada and Tamil and two each in Hindi and Telugu. You wouldn't know the names of Telugu, same in Tamil and Kannada films, that released over past few weeks. That is because films are not working there either. The main problem is that people do not have the money. You are paying GST on paneer. You are paying GST on your food. The calls for boycott, boycott Bollywood, boycott this and that ..all those trend so you may get distracted (from the real issue). And, with their money, people wish to spend on a film when they are completely sure the film will be liked by all. Or, if people have been waiting for the film for years. RRR for example, people have been waiting for SS Rajamouli's film ever since Baahubali. KGF 2 was also much-awaited film, ever since the success of KGF. Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 was also a sequel and people were waiting. Now, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film Gangubai Kathiawadi, people stepped out and watched it because of the good word of mouth. The film picked over time."
He continued, "People do not have too much money in their pockets. We must talk about the dangerous economic slump in our country, but we do not want to talk about these and are instead stuck with Bollywood or cricket."
Do Baara releases in theatres on August 19, 2022.
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