In a recent interview, with actress Ileana D'Cruz, who started her career with Telugu movies stated that South cinema industry is entirely obsessed with heroines' belly rather anything else.
Last year, actress Taapsee Pannu created a stir in the Southen film industry when the actress talked about a practice that has been going on for decades.
Filmmakers down South like to shoot actresses’ midriff with different objects because they believe it looks erotic on screen. She said that one filmmaker had filmed her while dropping a coconut, flowers and oranges on her midriff.
Coming back to Ileana's interview with Hindustan Times, she had said “When I was working in southern movies, I never understood how films were made. In my first ever shot, there was a big shell that was dropped on my belly in slow motion. I even asked the director why we are doing it and he said it would look beautiful... and I wondered ‘Really? But why and how?’ So, each time it happened, I was told, ‘you’ve got a very attractive waist, it’ll look pretty and it’s very feminine’ but I truly didn’t understand it.”
She added, “I was only 18 at that time and interested in getting to work in the industry. I was getting great offers with big stars and directors and it was all about money. It was only during my seventh film in South when I felt that I have to stop doing this."
She also spoke about how Bollywood is different from South films, "In Bollywood, at least, I don’t see that happening so much. I was very clear about what I wanted to do here and what I didn’t want to do. So, that also makes a difference and that’s why my career graph has been very different in Bollywood than what it has been in the South."
She also spoke about South film industry's obsession with the navel and said, nothing much has changed even today.
Ileana D'Cruz will be soon seen in Bollywood movie Raid opposite Ajay Devgn. Produced by Panorama Studios and T-Series, Raid is slated to hit the screens on March 16.