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Telugu films run after stars, don't experiment: Dharma Teja

Tamil cinema and Bollywood experiment with new ideas and concept whereas Telugu cinema is still stuck in the star system and mostly relies on commercial films, says filmmaker Dharma Teja.

regional movies Updated: Sep 13, 2015 21:37 IST
Dharma Teja,Hora Hori,Daksha
Dharma Teja's new film Hora Hori features a host of actors who were selected through a talent hunt show.

Filmmaker Dharma Teja is of the opinion that Telugu film industry doesn't experiment like Tamil and Hindi industries and is still stuck in star system. The director is busy these days promoting his new film Hora Hori starring Daksha, Chaswa and Dileep.

"Telugu cinema still runs after stars and mostly relies on commercial films, unlike some experimental movies we see in Tamil and Hindi industries. There's this space between commercial and arts cinema but not many have explored it yet," said Teja.

Hora Hori, in Teja's words, is an attempt in that unexplored territory.

"Although my film is your regular romantic thriller, it's treated differently. It has all the qualities of your commercial potboiler, but has been made with a difference," said Teja, who has once again roped in newcomers in his film.

"I'm comfortable working with newcomers. You don't need stars when you're able to produce hits with newcomers. Honestly, I can't bear stars and their attitudes," Teja added.

Featuring a host of actors who were selected through a talent hunt show, Hora Hori features Daksha, Chaswa and Dileep in the lead roles.

The film is about the psyche of modern-day lovers.

First Published: Sep 11, 2015 18:29 IST