He has been in the news recently for bagging the National award for his realistic Tamil movie Kanchivaram. And Priyadarshan is back in news and this time with a controversy. The famous filmmaker feels that he has not received the due respect in the Bollywood film fraternity as they often brand him as a director of worthless comedies and remakes.
''In the history of Indian cinema, I am the only director from the south to survive successfully in Bollywood. I had been here for 12 long years with 25 films, of which the majority were big successes. That is the reason I am tagged as someone who is only a master in remakes.'' Priyadarshan has clearly stated his standing in the industry.
In spite of having made a much acclaimed realistic movie, Priyadarshan told the media that he still finds it tough to make a commercial movie, than a realistic movie. ''While making a commercial movie, you are constantly thinking with the audience. It is difficult to make a typical Bollywood movie than a realistic film.'' It is a universal truth, that to make people laugh is not as easy as to make them cry.