What are the commonalities between Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Rituparna Sengupta, Prasenjit Chatterjee, Parambrata Chatterjee and Rajesh Sharma? Well, all of
them belongs from Tollywood but have left their impressive footmark in Bollywood. Interestingly it is not always they act in second grade or low budget films, while Sabyasachi played the main negative role in Maniratnams’ Dil Se, Prambrata portrayed the character of a police inspector in Sujoy Ghoshs’ kahaani. But out of them all the hottest is Tollywood superstar Prasenjit Chatterjee is going to share the screen with Emran Hashmi in Dibakar Banerjees’ ambitious project Sanghai.
This is not one sided effect stars from Bollywood are too coming to act in Tollywood films. Sharmila Tagore, Jackie Shroff, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Aishwarya Rai and several others had already showed their acting skills in Tollywood films. And stars like Raveena Tandon are presently acting in Bengali film.
However this exchange is not restricted within the ambit of acting. It is spread in other spheres too, directors, music directors even choreographers are working in both Tollywood and Bollywood. In fact sometimes storyline are also based on the city of joy, for e.g. Sujoy Ghoshs’ latest sensational movie Kahaani is entirely based on Kolkata and 100 per cent of it is filmed in this city.
It is not for the first time that Bollywood are recruiting actors or other film personnel from other regional silver screen industries, but this level of exchange was never seen before and that too with a particular. Then do we start believing that Bollywood and Tollywood are merging together? Well that is a very big question indeed and to make it happen both of them have to cross several mile stone ahead.