Updated December 20th, 2023 at 22:46 IST
Salaar actor Prithviraj Sukumaran on why Malayalam cinema hasn’t made a pan-India hit film yet
Besides Salaar, Prithviraj Sukumaran will also be seen in Bollywood action-comedy Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, sharing screen with Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff.
Prithviraj Sukumaran, who is currently busy promoting his upcoming action-drama Salaar, is one of the most popular actors in Malayalam cinema today. In a recent interview, the Salaar actor opened up about why Malayalam cinema, despite its plethora of good cinema, hasn’t yet delivered a massive Pan-Indian hit on the lines of Baahubali and KGF franchise.
Salaar has bare minimum returns guarantee: Prithviraj
Prithviraj was talking to Film Companion team when he talked about the differences between other Southern film industries and Malayalam film industry. He stated, “In industries like Telugu and Kannada, Pan-India phenomenon happened because of the bare minimum guarantee that their domestic markets anyway provide. Salaar has bare minimum returns guarantee - that’s the basis of making big films like these.
Prithviraj Sukumaran further mentioned how despite its strengths, Malayalam cinema remains limited in this way. He added, “We are still the smallest industry, of the five - in terms of how our diaspora is spread across the world, in terms of number of screens, in how many screens we can release - but we are breaking away from it. We are slowly getting the kind of releases where we can dream bigger.”
You cannot make a pan-Indian film, Prithviraj reflects
Most importantly, Prithviraj noted, that filmmakers shouldn’t get into the trap of specifically designing films to be pan-Indian in their reach, where they desperately try doing it. He reflected further, “The general consensus right now when people sit down to discuss a big film is.. ‘Let’s make a Pan-India film.’ You cannot make a Pan-Indian film; a film has to become Pan-Indian. That’s something we should never lose sight of.”
Besides Salaar, Prithviraj Sukumaran will also be seen in the Bollywood action-comedy Bade Miyan Chote Miyan where he would be sharing screen with Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff. Meanwhile, Prashanth Neel directorial Salaar, where Prithviraj shares screen with Prabhas, will hit theatres on December 22.
Published December 20th, 2023 at 22:46 IST