Films not doing well in South as well, says Anurag Kashyap; claims GST is the reason

Claims calls like 'boycott Bollywood' are given to distract people from real issues

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Director Anurag Kashyap sought to puncture the narrative that movies in Southern languages are doing well, while Bollywood flicks are turning out to be box-office catastrophes.

During a recent interaction with Bollywood Now for the promotion of his upcoming film Dobaaraa, starring Taapsee Pannu in the lead, Kashyap pointed out that not every movie released in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu or Malayalam turn out to be box office successes.

"You wouldn't be able to name Telugu, Tamil or Kannada films that were released over the past few weeks. That is because movies are not working there either," he said.

Kashyap said the main problem is that people do not have money. “You are paying GST on paneer. You are paying GST on your food.”

He claimed that to distract people from real issues like the GST, calls like 'boycott Bollywood' are given.

"People prefer to watch move with their hard-earned money only when there is surety that a particular film will be liked by all. Or they watch movies that they have been waiting for years. K.G.F: Chapter 2 one such movie that people have been waiting for years. People have been waiting for RRR after the success of Rajamouli's Baahubali. Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 was a sequeal that people have been waiting," he said.

The director said people do not have much money to spend on movies, and added that there is an economic slowdown happening in the country.

He claimed that people keep talking about either Bollywood or cricket and forget the real issues plaguing the country.