The Southern odyssey

The Southern odyssey

Bollywood is introducing many new  faces in its movies these days, of which some are well-known names from the South.

The reason for the migration is for better exposure and nation-wide recognition.  

Kriti Kharbanda in 'Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana', Parvathy in 'Qarib Qarib Singlle', Padmapriya in 'Chef', Raai Laxmi in 'Julie 2' and Dulquer Salmaan in 'Karwan' are some of the names that one  may recognise due to their innings down South. But what do loyal fans think about their move to another industry?

Shravanthi Venkatesh, a psychologist, says, "I think these actors are just doing what they can to grow  in their career. While Sandalwood films and other verticals of South Indian films  have great scope right now, venturing into other fields seems like a safe bet for them."

She also adds that most South Indian actors  are better at grasping new languages, which is an added advantage.

"I am also a theatre artiste and  I've seen many of my friends struggle to make it to the film industry. Even though some of them are already working in Sandalwood, there are many other aspects of filmmaking that they consciously take interest in for the betterment of their growth. I guess the  well-established actors are also trying to do the same."

Even though the trend of growing across film industries is increasing on a daily basis, only a handful have made a name for themselves.  

Regina John, an MNC professional, opines, "While it is a good thing that many of these Southern actors are trying to make their mark in Bollywood, it is somewhat concerning for their fans and films buffs. The main reason for this  shift is the difference in the story treatment and content in industries. While many Southern films have been hailed for their exceptional storylines and cinematic execution, only a handful of Hindi films make this cut. The only reason why  these stars would want to work in Bollywood is because of the larger reach and bigger budgets."

Many movie buffs and fans are happy to see some of their favourite actors venture into other industries, but they have a few pointers for them.
Shine Thattil, an HR professional, says,   "Actor Parvathy is known for acting in some of the best films in the Malayalam industry. 'Qarib Qarib Singlle'  also has good reviews because it's an unusual script. So it truly depends on the kind of scripts the actors take up. It's best if they don't opt for any commercial films but do quality content, just like they do back home."

She also adds that they should continue  doing films which  helped them gain recognition.

"No matter how popular they become, they should still continue working in their respective industries. South Indian films should be  their staple food. Having said that, as a fan, I am thrilled these actors are making a name in Bollywood. They are good at what they do and the world needs to recognise that."  

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