Need to discourage English movies, says Kangana Ranaut

Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut's recent comments about Hollywood taking over our screens have caused quite a stir.
The Queen star, while addressing the media during promotions for her upcoming film Thalaivii, a biopic on late CM of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, said that there is a need to discourage Hollywood movies and instead promote Indian stories from different languages. According to Hindustan Times, the 34-year-old actor believes that keeping “our people and our industry” a priority is important to “make a self-reliant India”. “We need to discourage American and English movies as they are taking over our screens. We need to behave like one nation. We need to stop dividing ourselves like North India or South India. We need to enjoy our own films first, be it Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu or Punjabi,” Ranaut told reporters during a press conference. The actor said Hollywood has “destroyed French, Italian, German and other industries” by creating a global monopoly. “This is what they are doing here also. We don’t appreciate each other, and rather see the dubbed versions of Lion King or Jungle Book. But we will not give a dubbed version of a Malayalam film a chance. This will not work in our favour. We must keep our people and our industry our priority,” she added. The actor further stated that she could relate a lot with Jayalalithaa as her own personal struggles were quite similar to the challenges that the late politicians faced. “As a woman, who is working in the men’s world, I feel that women are underestimated, especially in leadership roles. When it comes to leading, women are not the obvious choices and Jaya Ma also struggled with that,” shared the Tanu Weds Manu star. “Similarly, when I became a director, I also faced flak. I was even banned by the media and the film industry. I gave a political opinion and due to that my house was demolished, even though the court later said that it was a criminal act. I was vindicated but at the same time, they tried to crush my voice,” said the actor while talking about BMC’s decision to demolish her office in Mumbai last year. Have something to add to the story? Share it in the comments below. 

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