Chiranjeevi recalls humiliating Delhi trip, says National Award organisers ‘projected only Hindi cinema as Indian cinema’

Chiranjeevi

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chiranjeevi recalled a trip he took to Delhi that left him feeling sad
  • He felt that the South film industry was underappreciated
  • “They dismissed other industries,” he said

A couple of days back, Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn and Kannada star Kiccha Sudeep engaged in a war of words over Hindi being the national language of India. Ajay’s claims were not well-received by South stars and some of them slammed him online. Amid this, a video of megastar Chiranjeevi opening about Hindi cinema being projected as Indian cinema has gone viral.

In the video, Chiranjeevi has talked about a trip he took to Delhi to receive a National Award for his film Rudraveena in 1988. After the awards, as they all took a tea break, he saw that the organisers had placed big posters on the wall showcasing the history of the Indian cinema.

While he saw photos of Prithiviraj Kapoor, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and others, for South cinema, there was just one poster of f M G Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa where they were dancing.

Seeing how the South film industry was under-represented, the actor revealed that he felt humiliated and sad. He expected to see photos of legends like Dr. Rajkumar, N T Rama Rao, A Nageswara Rao but neither of them were even mentioned.

In the video, Chiranjeevi said, “They were demigods to us. And there were no pictures of them. For me, it was humiliating. I felt very sad. They projected only Hindi cinema as Indian cinema. And they dismissed other industries as regional language cinema.”

The video was shared by Brut India. Chiranjeevi recalled this heart-breaking incident at the pre-release event of his latest film Acharya.

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Speaking of Acharya release, the film hit the theatres on April 29, 2022. Apart from Chiranjeevi, it also starred Ram Charan and Pooja Hedge in pivotal roles. The film opened up to a mixed review by the audience and the critics. It was touted as an outdated and ordinary film.

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