Bollywood star Alia Bhatt said in a recent interview that the current ‘unnecessary’ hatred towards Hindi cinema is ‘not fair’ and that since we are just coming out of a pandemic, we all need to ‘reset and figure it out’ as far as the movie-viewing experience is concerned.
Last Updated: 04.53 PM, Aug 03, 2022
Alia Bhatt breaks silence on the unnecessary hatred for Bollywood in recent times (image via Instagram)
Alia Bhatt is neck deep in work these days as she is busy promoting her upcoming release, a dark comedy titled Darlings, which is set to start streaming globally on Netflix from August 5, 2022. In a recent interview with a noted film critic and journalist, the star spoke about the unfair treatment that the Hindi movie industry is being subjected to at the moment owing to films not doing well in theatres.
“I just want to give this positive vibe out to people because I think there's a certain unnecessary negative lens on Hindi movies especially, which is not fair because I feel there have been many years where we have gone through films doing well, films not doing well, and then back to films doing well and films not doing well,” she told Bardwaj Rangan in an interview for Galatta Plus.
Alia also reiterated that storytelling is not going anywhere and that we all need to take a break and figure it all out by ourselves. “It's because we are coming out of a pandemic right now, the lens is a bit deeper and it's a bit harder. I think we all just need to take a break and reset and figure it out. Because, at the end of the day, storytelling is not going anywhere. Movies are not going anywhere,” she reasoned.
Alia then went on to emphasise the fact that since the audience was in a pandemic-induced lockdown for almost two years, now getting them to go out and watch movies in theatres is going to be ‘a bit harder’.
“There has been a shift, there has been a change. You need to convince the audience a little bit more to get out of their homes than, maybe, before. Because, maybe, after staying at home for two years there is a certain comfort. Also, there have been losses of jobs, and lifestyles have taken a complete crash. So it's like you have to make it really worth my while if I need to go watch it in a theatre,” she further explained.
Alia Bhatt’s Darlings, which also marks her debut as a producer under her banner Eternal Sunshine Productions, features her in the lead role, along with Vijay Varma, Shefali Shah and Roshan Mathew.