Mumbai: Filmmaker Rohit Shetty on Saturday said people making doomsday predictions about Bollywood are wrong as he believes Hindi films will never be finished.
“When the generation changes in the media, then they all think it is all new. And the trend that Bollywood khatam (finish) gives some people high but Bollywood khatam nahi hoga (Bollywood will never be finished),” Shetty said at a press conference here.
Giving the example of the ’80s the director, known for his mainstream blockbusters like “Golmaal” series, “Chennai Express”, and “Singham”, said such predictions were made at that time too.
“In the 80s when VCR came, everyone said theatre (business) will be over. Similarly, now after OTT came, people are saying Bollywood is finished. So this thought that Bollywood is finished gives them high but Bollywood will never be finished,” the 49-year-old director said.
Asked about the debate between north and south cinema at a time when films from southern India are overshadowing Bollywood releases in Hindi belt, Shetty said it is not a new phenomenon.
“When you see the history of cinema, you will realise that south films have not come here (in north belt) suddenly. In the 50s and 60s, we had Shashi Kapoor’s movie ‘Pyar Kiye Jaa’ which was a remake of a Tamil film. Even Jeetendra ji’s films like ‘Himmatwala’ and ‘Mawaali’ were remakes of south films,” he said.
Similarly, actors from south film industry, including Kamal Haasan and Sridevi, delivered hits when they acted in Bollywood, the filmmaker said.
“Kamal Haasan acted in Hindi films when Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna were at the peak of their careers and gave us a hit film – ‘Ek Duuje ke Liye’. We also have had 80s and 90s superstars like Sridevi and Jaya Prada from south here. Even AR Rahman is from south,” he added.
Shetty’s next directorial venture is “Cirkus”starring Ranveer Singh. The comedy drama is scheduled to be released this Christmas.