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Ponniyin Selvan 2 Director Mani Ratnam Says 'Hindi cinema should quit calling itself Bollywood'

Mani Ratnam observed at a panel discussion that if Hindi films cease calling themselves Bollywood films, people will stop calling Indian cinema Bollywood. The director is preparing for 'Ponniyin Selvan 2.'

BollywoodMDB Team | Updated On: Apr 20, 2023 02:03 PM IST

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Ponniyin Selvan 2 Director Mani Ratnam Says 'Hindi cinema should quit calling itself Bollywood'

'Ponniyin Selvan 2's April 28, 2023 release has Mani Ratnam preparing. He discussed South Indian films' impact on world cinema at a panel on April 19, 2023. Chennai hosted the CII Dakshin Media and Entertainment Summit panel. Mani Ratnam claimed that if Bollywood stops calling itself Bollywood, people would stop calling Indian cinema Bollywood.


Mani Ratnam stated, “If Hindi cinema can stop calling themselves Bollywood, then people will stop identifying Indian cinema as Bollywood. I’m not a fan of the ‘woods’. Like Bollywood, Kollywood. We need to see it as Indian cinema on the whole.”

Filmmakers Vetrimaaran and Basil Joseph and actor-director Rishab Shetty also participated.

(Also Read: Ponniyin Selvan 2 Advance Bookings: Mani Ratnam’s Film Peaks Its Early Ticket Sales In The US, Expected To Open Big)

Aishwarya and Vikram reunite for 'Ponniyin Selvan' after Raavan. Lead actors include Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Chiyaan Vikram, Trisha, and Jayam Ravi. Prakash Raj, Prabhu, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Jayaram, Ashwin Kakumanu, Mohan Raman, Sarathkumar, and Parthiban assist. Technical staff includes composer AR Rahman, editor Sreekar Prasad, and cinematographer Ravi Varman.

(Also Read: Ponniyin Selvan 2: Disheartening! Trisha And Jayam Ravi Have Lost Their Twitter Verification Blue Tick Because Of 'THIS' Reason)

The 1955 novel 'Ponniyin Selvan 2' is based on. Aishwarya Rai's Oomai Rani jumps into the sea to save 'Ponniyin Selvan' at the end of the first film. Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions finance it.

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