It seems Tollywood has become a use and throw gadget for certain celebrities. While some try to capture the market no matter what by dumping their mediocre films based on craze from a few good hits, (some like Tamil actor Vijay doesn’t even attend the promotions), others use the recognition gained here to bag opportunities elsewhere and then insult Tollywood.
Take, for example, Kajal Aggarwal. She started with a small role in Bollywood but couldn’t click there. Then she shot to fame in Telugu Cinema and gained stardom with films like Magadheera. Later when she went on to bag a chance in Singham opposite Ajay Devgn. At that time she termed herself a North Indian girl (of course it is true) and rejected several Telugu film offers during the course of promotions of that film. Only when she understood that she couldn’t make it count in the big bad world of Bollywood, she got back to senses and shifted her base to Hyderabad.
But there are others like Ileana and Taapsee who made derogatory comments on Telugu films and the filmmakers after scoring a few good films in Hindi. We know how Taapsee made fun of (in her words) Darsakendra K. Raghavendra Rao’s work (coconuts on navel) and said Tollywood treats its lead ladies like mere props.
Well, how Bollywood treat their lead actresses is known to everyone. She should well have known that it is Tollywood which have true female oriented films these days (Arundhati, Mahanati, Oh Baby to name a few). And it is Tollywood’s female oriented films score bigger hits than their Bollywood counterparts.
And the recent statements by Ileana who talked elaborately about nepotism in Tollywood and how outsiders are not allowed. Well, nepotism is so true in Telugu cinema. But it’s not similar to Bollywood as we have discussed in this excellent article. Many outsiders like Ravi Teja, Nani, Vijay Deverakonda etc. grow up to become big stars. Almost all of star heroines are outsiders unlike it is in Bollywood. She should not forget that she herself was an outsider who was encouraged by Tollywood filmmakers and given her multiple comeback chances.