'Bollywood kabhi khatam nahi hoga,' says Rohit Shetty

Wednesday 01st June 2022 09:39 EDT

Filmmaker Rohit Shetty said that the rising popularity of South Indian films across India should not be seen as an end for Bollywood. Rohit said that both north and south Indian cinema can do well, as there was no competition between the two. Several B-Town celebrities have recently weighed in on the ongoing north versus south films debate.

Speaking during an event, Rohit said, “The trend of ‘Bollywood khatam’ will never happen. In the 80s, when VCRs came to the forefront, people said that theatre will go out of business, and Bollywood is finished. Then recently with the boom of OTT, many people said that Bollywood is finished. So… Bollywood kabhi khatam nahi hoga.”

He added that south Indian films have been remade in Hindi since the 1960s. Rohit said, “When you’ll check the history, you will learn that the south is there since the 60s and 50s. Shashi Kapoor’s ‘Pyaar Kiye Jaa’ was a remake of a south film. In the 80s, when Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna were at their peak, a new boy entered into cinema world, Kamal Haasan sir with ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’ and it was a hit.”

On the work front, Rohit is filming his upcoming series titled ‘Indian Police Force’, which stars actor Sidharth Malhotra. He is also working on ‘Cirkus’ with Ranveer Singh and Jacqueline Fernandez. It is scheduled for a December 2022 release.

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