time stating that they are to blame for the industry’s decline.

Since theatrical films resumed after the pandemic, Telugu and Kannada films have done better than Bollywood films at the box office.

The likes of RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 are two of India’s highest-grossing films of 2022.

The Hindi-dubbed versions also beat most Bollywood films released in the last two years.

According to Kangana, she believes it is because the audience does not relate with star kids, who are being cast as the main characters in many Bollywood films.

Kangana has frequently criticised star kidsfor getting acting opportunities over ‘outsiders’, irrespective of acting talents.

When asked what is making South Indian cinema more successful than Bollywood, Kangana responded:

“The way they have a connection with their audience, it is very strong.

“I wouldn’t say fans, it’s much more than that. With us what happens is that their (star) kids go abroad to complete their studies.

“They talk in English, watch only Hollywood films. They eat only with a knife and fork and talk differently. So, how will they connect?