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Actors Ajay Devgn, Kichcha Sudeep spar over ‘supremacy’ of Hindi, ex-CMs join

‘Blabbering as mouthpiece of BJP’: Former Karnataka CMs endorse Sudeep’s reservations, override Ajay Devgn’s 'nationalistic' outburst.

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New Delhi: An acerbic exchange between Bollywood star Ajay Devgn and popular Kannada actor Kichcha Sudeep over the “primacy” of the Hindi language is being hotly debated on Twitter.

It all started at an event where Kichcha Sudeep lauded the success of Kannada movie KGF 2. He said: “Someone said that a pan India film (KGF 2) was made in Kannada. I’d like to make a small correction. Hindi is no more a national language.”

The actor mocked a “struggling” Bollywood for dubbing films in south Indian languages for money. “But it’s not happening,” the actor said, adding, “Today, we are making films that are going everywhere.”

Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn sharply retorted to this in Hindi, and asked to know why films in Sudeep’s mother tongue (Kannada) were dubbed and released in Hindi. Devgn tweeted, “Hindi was, is and would always be our mother tongue as well as the national language.”

A polite but terse back-and-forth continued between the two actors Wednesday evening, during which Sudeep even asked the Bollywood actor: “Don’t we too belong to India sir.”

The exchange elicited sharp opinion from other actors, filmmakers and even two former Karnataka chief ministers. Devgn, unfortunately, was at the receiving end of some serious flak.


Replying to the Bollywood actor, former Congress chief minister Siddaramaiah declared Wednesday evening: “Hindi was never and will never be our national language.”

The leader continued: “It is the duty of every Indian to respect the linguistic diversity of our country. Each language has its own rich history for its people to be proud of. I am proud to be a Kannadiga!”

Another former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy endorsed Sudeep on Thursday morning and berated Devgn for being “hyper in nature” and of “ludicrous behaviour”.

In a seven-tweet counter, Janata Dal (S) leader Kumaraswamy reminded Devgn that India was a “garden of several languages” and that he was “blabbering as the mouthpiece of the BJP”.

He added: “Devgn must realise that Kannada cinema is outgrowing Hindi film industry. Because of encouragement by Kannadigas, Hindi cinema has grown. Devgn shouldn’t forget that his first movie ‘Phool aur Kaante’ ran for a year in Bengaluru.”

The JD(S) leader concluded: “An addiction for primacy is dividing the country. A seed sown by the BJP has become contagious dividing the nation. This is a threat to India’s unity.”

A known face in the Kannada film industry, actor Sathish Ninasam, supported Sudeep and tweeted in Kannada: “For decades now your Hindi cinemas have made money in Kannada land. It’s only now that our Kannada films have set foot there. You too must respect us and our language the way we have yours. Hindi was never and will never be our National Language. My support to Sudeep.”

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma also backed Sudeep. He tweeted, “The base undeniable ground truth Kiccha Sudeep sir is that the north stars are insecure and jealous of the south stars because a Kannada dubbing film #KGF2 had a 50 crore opening day and we all are going to see the coming opening days of Hindi films.”

He added: “Whether u intended or not am glad u made this statement because unless there’s a strong stir, there cannot be a calm especially at a time when there seems to be a war like situation between Bolly(north)wood and Sandal(South) wood.”

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