By Hindustan Times
Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar strongly believes in Bollywood’s star system and feels it has helped the industry build an identity in the map of world cinema. “Star system is important. If you see worldwide, India, Hollywood and China — all these film industries have a star system. Others industries that
don’t have stars, are dying,” says Zoya.
Having directed filmstars Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol and her younger brother Farhan Akhtar, the 40-year-old says that India has survived Hollywood because “we have our language; we have our own style, so our audience would want to see a Shah Rukh Khan and not Tom Cruise. Our star system has made our industry grow.”
Ask Zoya to define a filmstar, and she says: “Stars pull people and no matter what the film is, t