Jawan marks a milestone in the journey of south Indian filmmakers in the Hindi film industry – many of whom were established and successful names in their respective industries.
He Came from the south to have had a long innings in Bollywood. The National Award-winning director, who hails from the Malayalam film industry, has made over 90 films in his career spanning nearly four decades.
The Baahubali (2015 and 2017) and KGF films (2018 and 2022), Pushpa: The Rise (2021), Kantara (2022), and so on have popularized South Indian cinema among Hindi-watching audiences.
“The production companies are more interested in impact than anything else. They’re very open to ideas. What’s most important to them is the film.”
North-south collaborations that marry south cinema’s “mass” sensibility with Bollywood stardom, are likely to become more common – and that may well become the new ‘pan-Indian’ formula.
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