Renowned director Mani Ratnam has called for the Hindi film industry to stop using the term “Bollywood” to describe itself. At a recent panel discussion in Chennai, Ratnam emphasized that if Hindi films can abandon the term, people will stop associating Indian cinema with the term. Ratnam is currently preparing for the release of his upcoming film, Ponniyin Selvan 2, which is set to hit the screens on April 28.
Mani Ratnam’s Perspective on the Use of “Bollywood”
During the panel discussion at the CII Dakshin Media and Entertainment Summit, Mani Ratnam highlighted the impact of South Indian films on global cinema. He urged the Hindi film industry to move away from the term “Bollywood,” emphasizing that the use of the term had created a narrow perception of Indian cinema. Ratnam believes that abandoning the term will provide an opportunity to view Indian cinema in a more comprehensive light, beyond the narrow confines of the Hindi film industry.
About Mani Ratnam
Mani Ratnam is an award-winning director and producer from India known for his work in Tamil and Hindi cinema. He has directed critically acclaimed films such as Roja, Bombay, Dil Se, Guru, and Raavan, among others. With his upcoming release, Ponniyin Selvan 2, Ratnam hopes to add another successful film to his repertoire.
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