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Bulk of Hindi cinema is bad: MS Sathyu

The renowned film director believes Malayalam cinema is the best in India.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 18:38 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Renowned theatre and film director MS Sathyu believes Malayalam cinema is "the best" in India for its "great quality of work and films." Bengali cinema comes a close second while Bollywood does not even figure in his list of favourites.

"Not much is happening in Hindi cinema. We don't have any trend-setting film these days," he says, not quite satisfied with an experimental Bollywood of these times.

"Of course, there are some good films like Maqbool and Iqbal, but the bulk of the Hindi cinema is bad! Technically, the films are much better than before. The directors are efficient too but the content is so poor," he rues.

Resultantly, argues Sathyu, there are no startling performances from the actors also.

"Look at Rani Mukherjee. She is a talented actress. She was good in Black. She got an opportunity to show her potential. But she had to do so many useless films before Black. Preity Zinta is also capable of superior acting but she's always given the same kind of roles in her films," he says.

Interestingly, Sathyu who is often accused of working only with a particular set of actors is not "averse" to directing the big commercial stars of Hindi cinema.

"I would like to work with Amitabh Bachchan but he's too big. Also I don't have a role for him," he says non-chalantly.

"In Bangalore and Mumbai, the theatrical scene is still good. In Kolkata also, the picture is encouraging. In other cities, however, theatre is yet to develop," says Sathyu who reasons that emerging theatre artists are "more promising" than the established ones as the latter have "restricted themselves".

Sathyu who is lately keeping himself "busy" with his theatre productions in Bangalore and Mumbai, is planning two films this year.

One is a "historical film" on Dara Shikoh - a familiar subject for him as he did a play on the same sometime ago and Neecha Aasmaan, where Bengali actress Rituparna Sengupta will be seen in the main lead.

First Published: Mar 03, 2006 21:00 IST