Actress Radhika Apte, who started her career in the southern film industry, has been speaking extensively about the changing face of regional cinema and feels that people are "warming up to regional films".
The talented actress has acted in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, English languages effortlessly and won hearts across the nation.
“People are warming up to regional films. If the content is of good quality, you’re encouraged to invest more. Many Hindi film-makers and actors are associating with regional cinema. Regional film-makers are also looking to release their movies in multiple languages and promote them in new markets." Radhika said in an exclusive interview.
"These days, the barriers have been broken; festivals have been trying to break them down for years. And now, with the digital platforms, you have so much material available to watch in various languages. Also, the Hindi film industry is supporting regional cinema and taking part in it. I am sure regional cinema should be at par with Hindi cinema,"she said, speaking about the gap between the regional film industry and the Hindi film Industry.
SS Rajamouli's magnum opus Baahubali' did break the barriers between the film industries and upped the level of southern cinema by several notches.
"Baahubali has changed the way we look at regional cinema, and Kabali broke box office records last year. A lot of Marathi films are doing well. Also, the international film circuit has opened up, and people are taking their films abroad. Regional movies are being shown at big film festivals, and that gives Indian films a good standing abroad,” the 'Parched' actress signed off.