Actor Riteish Deshmukh is more than proud about Marathi cinema coming into the forefront and says it is now becoming commercial from just being a regional cinema.
Talking about the appreciation of Marathi cinema, Riteish said: "I think it's wonderful. Marathi cinema from regional is kind of becoming mainstream cinema."
The actor says that in a few years "Marathi cinema will become as commercial as Tamil cinema or Telugu cinema."
Patronage is important, added Riteish, who is the son of former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, late Vilasrao Deshmukh.
"It is important for films to do well and for that it's important to have patronage… What happens in Maharashtra is that there are two industries that have been patronised — The Hindi and Marathi industry… In Maharashtra, Hindi is the first choice and second is Marathi,"he said.
The 38-year-old actor agrees that there has been a great talent exchange between Bollywood and the Marathi film industry.
"There has always been exchange of talent. That has been happening for a long time… Language has not been a barrier in terms of working in the industries," he said.
Riteish is currently busy promoting his upcoming film "Bank Chor", which also stars Vivek Oberoi. The film has been directed by Bumpy.