Varun Dhawan recently joined his JugJugg Jeeyo co-stars Anil Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor and Kiara Advani for a promotional interview for their upcoming film. The actor talked about the various topics about which movies are made today. During one of those discussions, Varun credited actor Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, son of Anil Kapoor, for starting parallel cinema nowadays. Also read: Here’s What Varun Dhawan Said To Kartik Aaryan To Get Him On Stage For A Dance To The JuggJugg Jeeyo Song
It was when Kiara Advani said that her father is very happy when her movies like JugJugg Jeeyo come out but doesn’t understand movies like Guilty. Neetu Kapoor also joined the conversation to mention that her son Ranbir Kapoor had also made a movie in that category such as political drama, Rajneeti. She said it was a big hit and she loved the movie. Varun insisted that one should ask Anil on the subject of such films “because the parallel cinema movement was actually started by Harsh”. They were in conversation with film critic Anupama Chopra for Film Companion.
However, movie buffs found it hard to digest his claim and blamed him for making such a statement. One Reddit user further defined parallel cinema as “the movement that ceased to exist after this interview.” Another said: “This is worse than the Dilwale Inception fiasco.” Another said: “I haven’t cried so hard in ages!” One user also said, “If Varun says something like that with a straight face, should tell us what state Bollywood is in today.”
Parallel cinema is also called New Indian Cinema in India. The movement is widely believed to have started in India in the early 1950s, inspired by Japanese and French New Wave cinema movements. Cinematographers regard the original Indian parallel cinema wave as four decades to the early 1990s as a revival began
Harsh Varrdhan had made his acting debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s romantic fantasy, Mirzya in 2016. He went on to star in a vigilante film, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, and then played himself in AK Vs AK. He then starred in a segment called Spotlight in the anthology, Ray, and was last seen as a neo-western thriller Thar.
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