Tamannaah Bhatia, a versatile actress known for her work in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu films, recently shared her perspective on the portrayal of toxic masculinity in certain South Indian movies. In a candid interview, she revealed that she has made a conscious decision to distance herself from films that celebrate toxic masculinity and characters she cannot relate to.
The actress expressed her concerns about the use of certain formulas in South Indian commercial films, where toxic masculinity is often glorified. Tamannaah revealed that there were instances in her career when she couldn’t connect with her characters and would request filmmakers to tone down the intensity. However, she eventually reached a point where she decided to step away from such projects.
“In the south, certain formulas are used because they are easy. In certain commercial films, I couldn’t relate to my characters and would request that the filmmaker lower the intensity. Having said that, I came to a point where I stopped doing those parts. I started making a conscious effort not to be part of such films where toxic masculinity is celebrated to the point where it is almost intolerable,” Tamannaah shared with Filmfare.
When asked about her transition from South Indian cinema to Bollywood and whether she was bothered by the disparity in success, Tamannaah displayed her grounded perspective. She explained that she doesn’t take successes or failures personally and views them as part of destiny. Even when her initial Bollywood films didn’t perform as expected at the box office, she maintained her passion for acting and continued her journey.
“The films I made here (Bollywood) didn’t work because it was their destiny. I never took it as a personal failure because a movie is made with a lot of people contributing to it. That way, I am a bit detached from both my successes and failures. I don’t take either seriously. I am alive. I am here. That’s how I look at it. After 17 years, I still wake up every day wanting to do it over and over again. Acting is my passion. I wake up to face the camera. It excites me the most,” Tamannaah elaborated.
Tamannaah Bhatia’s illustrious career began with Telugu and Tamil films like “Happy Days” and “Kalloori” in 2007. She made her Hindi debut with “Himmatwala” in 2013 and gained widespread recognition for her role in the epic blockbuster “Baahubali: The Beginning.” Recently, Tamannaah appeared in “Lust Stories 2” and “Jailer,” showcasing her commitment to diverse and meaningful roles in the world of cinema.