Actor Yami Gautam believes films from the South are setting out to be pan-Indian successes as filmmakers are able to seamlessly share their vision. Speaking during a session at the Goa Fest 2022, Yami said Bollywood filmmakers still find it difficult to have a free hand when bringing their perspective on-screen and are still interested in backing projects with big stars as they sideline story-oriented films.
She said, “This is time to improvise and work on what we need to do. My husband, Aditya (Dhar), who directed ‘Uri’, even after three years of the film’s release, is working on one of his most ambitious films. But for him to explain his vision to producers… They were just two or three who understood that and we are working towards it.”
She added, “The director needs more free hand in expressing their vision. We need to focus more on the story and the script… We need to straighten our priorities.” Yami said films like ‘Baahubali’ franchise, ‘KGF’ series, ‘Pushpa’, and ‘RRR’ prove that producers trusted their directors and the story. The ‘Dasvi’ actor said, “The actors who are there (in these films) are huge stars, especially in the southern film industry and have a pan-India audience. I don’t think that it stopped them anywhere. They believed in the director’s vision and went for it.”