‘I felt insulted, very damage, that Indian cinema meant solely Hindi cinema.’

IMAGE: Ram Charan along with his father Chiranjeevi in Acharya.

Recalling a go to to Delhi in 1988, Chiranjeevi mentioned it was ‘humiliating’ for him as an artiste from the South to see Indian cinema being outlined simply by Hindi movies.

The 66-year-old star of Telugu cinema mentioned he’s proud that S S Rajamouli’s Baahubali film collection and his newest RRR have helped make Southern cinema well-liked throughout the nation in addition to globally.

In 1988, Chiranjeevi had flown right down to Delhi for the National Film Awards as his co-co-production Rudraveena was to be given the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.

He discovered that the organisers knew little about South cinema; even the hoardings have been dominated by Bollywood stars.

“It was very humiliating for me. I felt insulted, very damage that Indian cinema meant solely Hindi cinema and was projected thus for a very long time. But movies like Baahubali and RRR overcame boundaries and proved they’re additionally Indian cinema,” Chiranjeevi mentioned just lately at a pre-release occasion for his newest movie Acharya.

“We have been sipping tea within the corridor adorned with posters highlighting the glory of the Indian cinema. There have been some footnotes for the posters put up on the partitions. There have been photographs of Prithiviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna and Dharmendra. They glorified numerous administrators and heroines and we thought they might additionally speak about South Indian cinema in such nice element.

“But they only displayed an enormous nonetheless of MGR (M G Ramachandran) and Jayalalithaa dancing and described it as South Indian cinema. Besides, an image of Prem Nazir, who performed a hero within the highest variety of movies within the historical past of Indian cinema, was proven,” he mentioned.


Chiranjeevi, the star of movies equivalent to Indra, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, Tagore and Gang Leader, mentioned it was ‘unhappy’ to see that greats like Dr Rajkumar, A Nageswara Rao and N T Rama Rao couldn’t discover a place among the many posters of the well-known Indian movie stars displayed on the venue.

“They have been like demigods. Their photographs didn’t discover a place there. Even these of Sivaji Ganesan of Tamil movie business couldn’t be discovered. They projected solely Hindi movies as Indian cinema and dismissed different movies as in the event that they have been regional language movies. They did not even trouble to acknowledge or respect our contribution,” he mentioned.

But the actor is joyful that the latest field workplace success of movies from South has altered the notion of individuals.

“I really feel so proud that our movie business has proved that we’re not regional cinema and Telugu cinema eliminated the boundaries and made it as Indian cinema… Everyone is amazed at our success. We have overcome the discrimination, due to Baahubali, Baahubali 2 and RRR. These movies have helped us an amazing deal. We are so proud that the Telugu business has made these movies,” he mentioned.

Chiranjeevi’s remarks come days after Ajay Devgn and Kannada actor Sudeep Sanjeev engaged in a Twitter spat over Hindi being a nationwide language.

On the field workplace entrance, Bollywood movies have been going through powerful competitors from southern movies.

In latest months, Pushpa (Telugu), RRR (Telugu) and KGF: Chapter 2 (Kannada) have emerged as pan-India blockbusters incomes greater than Hindi movies like Gangubai Kathiawadi, Jersey and Runway 34 amongst others.

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