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Aditi Rao Hydari on North vs South debate: I hope our industry works together to tell our stories to the world

The actress, who has worked in films across industries, also said that the West doesn’t classify Indian cinema as North or South

  • OTTplay Team

Last Updated: 01.42 AM, Jun 17, 2022

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Aditi Rao Hydari on North vs South debate: I hope our industry works together to tell our stories to the world
Aditi Rao Hydari

Even as the North vs South debate has been raging on with films from the latter industries becoming bigger hits since the pandemic, actress Aditi Rao Hydari said it’s high time that people stop classifying Indian cinema based on regions and rather celebrate the industry as a whole.

In a recent interview to ETimes, the actress said India’s strength is its diversity and people should celebrate that. “There is so much to explore. We have a lot to do and this is just the beginning for Indian film,” said the actress, stressing that the entire film industry is making “Indian” films.

The actress, who was worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi, also pointed out how the West doesn’t look at Indian films and categorise them as South, North or regional movies. “We have to celebrate us first,” she said.

Meanwhile, in another interview, Aditi opened up about her Malayalam debut a few years ago with Jayasurya’s Sufiyum Sujatayum. Terming the film as a “special” one, the actress said she was heartbroken when the movie’s producer decided to opt for an OTT release instead of theatres during the pandemic. The film, which also had Dev Mohan, was the first Malayalam OTT release in 2020.

“I was excited for its theatrical release. I wept loudly,” she said, adding that the producers did take her opinion but she also understood the financial burden of holding on to a movie during the uncertain times was too much for the makers to bear. However, the positive feedback and the reach of the film after its OTT release also made her understand the importance of OTT as a medium, she clarified.

Aditi, who was last seen in Hey Sinamika, is currently gearing up for her web series debut with Jubilee, which also has Aparshakti Khurana and Wamiqa Gabbi. The Vikramaditya Motwane-directed series will focus on the early days of Bollywood.

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