By: Priyaranjan Trivedy
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Actress Nagma, who is currently ruling the roost in the Bhojpuri film industry, has cited very grave reasons for abandoning Bollywood. She alleges that the communal Shiv Sena was raising its ugly head at the time she was making a place for herself in Bollywood, and says she was under attack for bearing a Muslim name. Bollywood too was not unscathed from the communal bias, and a lot of inconsequential people had joined the industry. The communal upsurge had given way to racism and a lot of controversies, leaving her scared and unsure about whatever work she was doing. She says that southern film industry is a stark contrast from Bollywood, as journalistic ethic is prevalent, and the technology used is far superior to that in Bollywood. It might be recalled here that Nagma had featured in hit Bollywood movies like Baaghi and Yalgaar.
She feels ecstatic about her stardom in Bhojpuri films, and proudly says that when the history of the Bhojpuri film industry is written, her name will always be there as an iconic figure. She even says that regional films are more performance- oriented as far as the female protagonist is concerned. The actress has six Bhojpuri releases lined up in 2007, after which she is planning a comeback into Hindi films. She also plans to dabble in direction, but feels she is not yet ready for the small screen.