Does Bollywood need lessons in time management from the south? Actors who have been on both sides think so. Actor Sonu Sood, who is straddling both Hindi films and southern cinema, says, “Since I started, the south has been more disciplined. They value their dates and are more organised.”
Actor Veena Malik, who is working on the sets of the Kannada remake of The Dirty Picture in Bangalore, agrees. “Here, a six-o-clock shift means six-o-clock on the dot, and ditto with the pack-up. I’ve done five films in Bollywood and I haven’t seen such an on-time set-up.”
They are not the first to say that. Kajal Aggarwal, who has worked extensively in Telugu films before acting with Ajay Devgn in Singham last year, had said the same thing. South star Mayuri had said, “People here (in the south) are more dedicated and punctual. Schedules keep changing often in Hindi movie shoots. Here in south, everything is pucca.
"Once the movie goes on floor, no ego clashes are entertained and everything is well defined. Shooting for a movie in Hindi means two years gone, as schedules change at last minute.” Singer Sowmya Raoh, who is part of both industries, was quoted saying in an interview, “The south industry is more punctual and disciplined than the Bombay industry.”
Even as Sood says Bollywood has come a long way and is slowly starting to value time, others, like trade analyst Joginder Tuteja, say it never lacked on the front: “It’s a glorified myth. If we have stories about Bollywood, we’ve also heard stories about the south.”
-with inputs from IANS