Shriya Saran on dealing with social media hate over PDA: I don’t read trolls at all | Bollywood
After a blockbuster with RRR,Shriya Saran is currently basking in the glory of Drishyam 2 which also stars Ajay Devgn in the lead role. End the dry spell with more than ₹150-crores at the box office, Saran is delighted with the success.
One of the few actors who juggles well between Bollywood and the South, talks about the sudden shift in the industry where many Bollywood stars are heading south.
“The lines have now merged”, says Saran, adding, “One good thing that happened with Covid-19 was that people had a lot of time to consume new content. And then it doesn’t matter which language is good. And eventually you realize that there’s no point in limiting yourself to one language, because honestly, it doesn’t matter. The subject matter is what matters and people are now willing to experiment.”
Asked if movies should hit the theaters directly or if filmmakers should go OTT, Saran says, “A movie like Drishyam 2 must be watched on the big screen. Cinema also connects people on different levels. They come together and watch the movie as one. For those two or three hours, the theater unites people who I feel are beautiful.”
The 40-year-old also believes that movies should be released on OTT after a month or so after a theatrical release. The actor claims: ‘That’s for the bigger people to decide. As a creative person, I feel there is a certain kind of cinema that is made for OTT. The kind of stories you tell are different on streaming platforms.”
After the mega success of Drishyam 2, Saran is hopeful that she will be able to do more projects in Bollywood. “I just hope something nice comes my way. I would love to work in my mother tongue but I am partial to Bollywood and South cinema. I grew up learning Hindi and I grew up with a lot of love from South. I studied in South cinema and the language I speak is Hindi.”
About whether fans will get to see Drishyam 3 or not, reveals Saran, “I honestly wouldn’t know about it. (Director) Abhishek (Pathak) would know better. I don’t know how they work. Will they release it together or will they rewrite it.”
On the personal front too, Saran makes a lot of headlines. The actor was recently trolled after she was papped on several occasions for showing PDA with her husband Andrei Koscheev on red carpet.
Push her on this and the actor shares the trick to deal with negativity: It’s very innocent, I don’t know if I hurt some people, then I’m sorry. If I didn’t (hurt) them and made others happy, then I’m happy. I don’t read trolls at all. I really don’t.”